Housing association completes latest work as part of £750,000 project to improve areas of Wellingborough

Tony Petitt, of Rylestone, Wellingborough, with John Butlin from Wellingborough Homes.
Tony Petitt, of Rylestone, Wellingborough, with John Butlin from Wellingborough Homes.

Housing association Wellingborough Homes has completed the latest in a series of improvements as part of a £750,000 project to improve areas of Wellingborough.

Wellingborough Homes says its investment has seen 25 areas benefit from environmental improvements in 2011-12, with projects including new fencing, replacement paving and the demolition of high walls which were causing security concerns.

The latest area to benefit in the project is the Rylestone area of the Queensway estate in Wellingborough, where redevelopment has created dedicated parking spaces and new landscaping.

The housing association says tenants have already reported seeing a difference in the opening up of communal areas, reporting a reduction in anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.

Resident Tony Petitt, of Rylestone, said: “It’s brilliant. Before you couldn’t park anywhere except on the road and the cars were getting wrecked, but now you can see your car from the house so it’s made a lot of difference.”

John Butlin, asset manager – projects and performance at Wellingborough Homes, said: “The removal of the high walls near the garage blocks on the Hemmingwell estate has reduced the fly-tipping in this area and we’ve seen reports of anti-social behaviour reduced by 25 per cent in Queensway.

“By opening up the garage blocks to make them more visual from the roadside and installing new fencing, we’ve been able to reduce the fear of crime and address some of the reasons some areas were attracting anti-social behaviour.

“All the changes made have been in consultation with residents and we look forward to working in more areas throughout 2012-13.”

Wellingborough Homes says it has made available a further £400,000 for this financial year to fund more improvements.