Improving the area in which you live (Environmental Budgets)
It is important to us that our tenants to have enjoyment, pride and security in the area they live.
Every financial year a budget of £10,000 is available to spend on environmental improvements in our housing areas. Kettering Borough Council currently own approximately 3,800 homes and the management of these is split between 5 Neighbourhood Managers. Each Neighbourhood Manager area is called a ‘patch’ and these are numbered 1 to 5.
Neighbourhood Managers carry out regular estate inspections and every quarter these may also be attended by tenants. During these inspections, or via feedback from tenants living in the area, estate improvements are identified. However, as there are 5 patches and the environmental improvements can be costly, each Neighbourhood Manager has to submit ‘bids’ to successfully secure part of the £10,000. The deadline for these bids is the end of May each year.
Once all bids are received a working group of staff and tenants meets and discusses in detail each bid and, if necessary, site visits are carried out. The tenant-led panel then decides which bids are successful for a share of the funds. The residents that live in the area of successful bids are then consulted before work is carried out. The panel meet again in October and reviews the completed works and final costings.
If you would like to be a part of the Environment Working Group contact our Tenant Engagement Officer on 01536 535649 or email.