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Applications for the Estate Improvement Budget 2021-22 have now closed.

Thank you to everybody who replied and sent in their ideas.

 

What Will Happen Next?

The next step will be to forward your ideas to the Federation of Estuary Residents (FER). They will then decide if your idea is something that they would like to look into. Finally, you will hear from the Customer and Community Engagement Officer after the decision has been made.

 

What Is The Estate Improvement Budget?

The Estate Improvement Budget is intended to give residents the chance to introduce small improvements to their communal areas. This year the FER has got £5,000 to fund estate improvement requests.

How Does It Work?

How Does It Work?

Any Estuary Housing Association resident can apply for funding for projects such as planters, signage and new benches for their neighbourhood.

Applications are sent to the Customer and Community Engagement Team who consult with residents, find quotes and finalise the application before being presented to the Federation of Estuary Residents. The Customer and Community Engagement Team will support you throughout your application to help you make it successful.

What Projects Can be Funded?

What Projects Can be Funded?

Essentially, anything that doesn’t come under our responsibility as a landlord can be funded. Previous projects have included:

  • New plants for a community garden
  • Pool tables for a youth club
  • Parking bollards
  • Signage
  • Solar lights in car parks.

 

What Projects Cannot be Funded?

  • Works that are our responsibility i.e. repairs to door entry systems, external redecoration, internal decorations, replacing communal carpets.
  • Anything that will require ongoing servicing, i.e.CCTV and automatic gates
  • Anything that will have an impact on the service charge due to maintenance
  • Repairs to projects already funded by the Estate Improvement Budget

If you have any questions, please contact the team - email involvement@estuary.co.uk or call 0300 304 5000.

Projects Funded By The Estate Improvement Budget 2020-21

Buggy Shelter

  • Carlile House, Southend-On-Sea

Before Transformation

A buggy left in the communal area at Catlile House before its transformation   

After Transformation

The new buggy shelter at Carlile House The new buggy shelter at Carlile House The new buggy shelter at Carlile House The new buggy shelter at Carlile House

Resident Only Parking Signs

  • Ken Johnson House, Leigh-On-Sea

Resident Only Parking Signs At Ken Johnson House

 

The reason for the request was to deter people other than our residents from parking in the small car park. There is a gym under the flats and their customers would often park in the car park, leaving no spaces for our residents.

 

Transformation Of An Old Bin Store Into A Bicycle Store

  • Granary Court, Colchester

The Granary Court bin store before its transformation into a bicycle store Inside view of the Granary Court bin store after its transformation into a bicycle store Outside view of the Granary Court bin store after its transformation into a bicycle store

 

The building was going to waste and residents had nowhere to store their bicycles. Now they have a safer place to store their bicycles, so they no longer need to use communal areas or their own hallways.

 

Gate Added To A Large Communal Garden

  • Willow Road, Dunmow

The new communal garden gate at Willow Road

 

Residents wanted to make it safer for the children to access the park as they were having to walk through a car park. It also gives some privacy to the residents who live near the end where the initial gate is.

Projects Funded By The Estate Improvement Budget 2019-20

 

Storage Shed With Padlock
Callow House, Rainham

Callow House Before and After

Callow House Storage Shed Before - A pushchair blocking the communal door Callow House Completed Storage Shed

Some of the residents of Callow House were concerned by items such as pushchairs being stored in communal areas. This caused risks to their health and safety. The Estate Improvement Budget was used for the construction of a storage shed for these items.

"Resident Parking Only" Signs
Glendale Road, Burnham

Glendale Road - Residents Parking Only - Janet Ledgerton, former chair of the Federation of Estuary Residents holding a Parking For Residents Only sign.
Janet Ledgerton, Former Chair of the Federation of Estuary Residents with one of the new "Residents Parking Only" signs.

Residents of Glendale Road have long been experiencing problems with non-residents parking in their bays. The Estate Improvement Budget was used to purchase these signs and alleviate the problem. 

Bicycle Shed
Hume Close, Tilbury

The completed bicycle shed at Hume Close, Tilbury
Bicycle shed at Hume Close, Tilbury

Residents were in need of a safe place to keep their bicycles so that they could avoid using the communal areas, which would create a health and safety risk. The Estate Improvement Budget was used in the construction of a bicycle shed for them.

Wheelie Bins
Nathaniel Cottages, Romford

Nathaniel Cottages - New wheelie bins and their new position nearer to the resident's homes.
Wheelie Bins, Nathaniel Cottages

Residents used to have quite a distance to travel up the main road where their rubbish sacks were collected from. The Estate Improvement Budget was used to purchase wheelie bins which were placed nearer to their homes.

Revamping Of The Community Garden
Woodgrange Drive Estate, Southend-On-Sea

WDE Community Garden 1 of 8 WDE Community Garden 3 of 8 WDE Community Garden 5 of 8 WDE Community Garden 7 of 8

 

WDE Community Garden 2 of 8 WDE Community Garden 4 of 8 WDE Community Garden 6 of 8 WDE Community Garden 8 of 8

Community Garden Clearance, Before and After

The Turning Tides Youth Club, who are based at Centre Place, got together with UK Power Networks and SAVs to help with work on this huge task!

Noticeboard
Woodgrange Drive Estate, Southend-On-Sea

Woodgrange Drive Estate - A man installing the new noticeboard
Noticeboard, Woodgrange Drive Estate

The new noticeboard will be used to advise residents of any future events being run in the area later in the year, provided the Covid-19 situation has ended.

Applications To The Estate Improvement Budget
Which Were Funded By Estuary Housing Association's Property Services Department

Bin Area
Lushes Court, Loughton

Lushes Court - The Bin Area with litter overflowing before improvements were made. Lushes Court - The BIn Area after the mess was all cleared up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lushes Court Bin Area Before And After

This project was brought to our attention by an application to the Estate Improvement Budget, but was funded By Estuary Housing Association's Property Services Department.

Basketball Hoop
Woodgrange Drive Estate, Southend-On-Sea

WDE - The original basketball hoop which was rusting away and in disrepair. The brand new basketball hoop at the Woodgrange Drive Estate
Woodgrange Drive Estate Basketball Hoop Before And After

This project was brought to our attention by an application to the Estate Improvement Budget, but was funded By Estuary Housing Association's Property Services Department.

Projects Funded By The Estate Improvement Budget 2018-19

 

Communal Storage for
Beresford Mansions,
Southend-
on-Sea

We were contacted by a visually impaired resident who asked if we would consider funding this project. The resident had been afraid to use the communal area because there was a high risk of tripping over items that were frequently being left out. These items mainly include children's toys that they use in the space.

The CCE Team consulted with the residents of the area to find out if they would like to request funding for a storage solution. 78% replied they would and were then offered a choice of 2 different storage solutions. Now the area is tidy and free of trip hazards.

Beresford Mansions with bicycles, a chair and children's toys blocking the pathway outside.Beresford Mansions: The completed storage shed.

Beresford Mansions Before and After

Bicycle Shed for
Willow Road,
Great Dunmow

Residents of Willow Road applied to the fund requesting a bike shed as more residents were using cycles to get to work for example.  

During their Community Day in August 2018, all the residents who attended agreed with the proposal, saying that it had been needed for a while and that it would be used by many residents. It is now installed and is being used by many residents.

Willow Road: The location where a new bicycle shed would be placed.Willow Road: The new bicycle shed.

Willow Road Before and After

TTT (Triple T) Visit To Adventure Island,
Southend-on-Sea

The leader of the group applied for funding to give their Youth Club attendees a special treat. They had lots of fun and were really thankful for the special treat.

The children of the Triple T Youth Club sitting outside around a table and playing a game.

The Children of the Triple T Youth Club

Traffic Safety Mirror for
St Marks Field,
Rochford

A mirror has been placed on the lamp post at the corner of St Marks Field, allowing residents to see traffic coming around the corner. This mirror has enabled residents to feel safer when driving in and out of the close.

The completed Traffic Safety Mirror at St Marks Field, Rochford.

The Traffic Safety Mirror,
St Marks Field

Improvements To The Bin Stores At
Sunlight Mews,
Westcliff-On-Sea

Residents of the area applied to fund some wood material to block the bin storage gaps in the close. Where there were gaps at the bottom of the bin area it was causing a mess and attracting vermin.

To stop this, the gaps in the bin store have been filled and now the litter no longer gets pulled out across the street, leaving a tidier and more pleasant place for our residents to live.

Rubbish over the road and pavement at Sunlight Mews, Westcliff On Sea The repaired and improved bin store at Sunlight Mews, Westcliff On Sea

Sunlight Mews Before and After