• Tenants celebrate estate makeover

Tenants celebrate estate makeover

"We wanted to improve the external spaces, and judging from the residents' comments we more than succeeded."

Gemma Power Evans, emh homes


Residents of Braunstone Town in Leicester celebrated the completion of an environmental project to improve their neighbourhood with an Open Day, thanks to housing provider emh homes.

The objectives of the project by emh homes were to create attractive surroundings that were a source of pride for their tenants, and to improve the identity of the area.

Gemma Power-Evans, who led the project for emh homes, said: “We wanted to improve the external spaces in the area, including roads, pavements, car parks, and the open green spaces owned by emh homes which residents use for access, recreation, and day-to-day activities. And judging by the comments from many of the tenants, we more than succeeded in meeting our aims.”

The landlord worked closely with residents on the project. After the original proposals had been presented to the tenants in November 2013, a number of refinements were made to ensure that their views were taken into account and that the end results would be both appropriate and effective. The works started in February 2015 and were completed a month later.

“We are exceptionally proud to have co-ordinated and delivered the works along with emh Sharpes, our garden services provider,” added Gemma.

Sean Harrison, who lives on Burdet Close with his wife and three children, said: “We love the improvements as they have done so much for the grounds, and even brought back nature to the area. We all enjoy watching the increased number of birds, with the robins being a particular favourite of the family.”

Sean’s wife Rachael added: “With the removal of the wall near our home, I now also feel so much safer walking to my front door.”