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Funding to improve council estates

Tenants and residents on council estates across Kirklees will soon see a marked improvement in their environment, thanks to new funding just approved by the council.

The approval of an extra £500k means that more resources can be put into improved grounds maintenance – keeping communal shrubs, bushes and grass neat and tidy. It also means there’ll be more money to pay for the redesign of some communal areas where necessary.

The bulk of the funding is coming from tenants’ rent money; the rest is from a number of estate improvement budgets, which have been brought together to help make the service more efficient and consistent.

Cora Carter, MBE, who chairs the Kirklees Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations and is also chair of Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), said: “We’ve been lobbying for more resources to be put into grounds maintenance for some time and this came out as a top priority at the tenants’ conference last year. We’re delighted that the council and KNH have been able to make the extra funding available – it’ll make a big difference.”

KNH Director of Investment, Noel Chambers, said: “We’ve invested millions improving individual homes over the last few years. This extra funding means that the estates as a whole will look better and be places where people are proud to live.

“KNH’s mission is ‘quality homes and services in successful communities’ and this investment is one way we’re working to achieve that.”

Duncan Henderson, who manages the Council’s grounds maintenance service, added: “the extra funding means we can recruit new staff and apprentices for the first time in many years. We’re looking forward to working together with KNH and tenants’ groups to continually improve standards.”