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Last Updated: Saturday, 24 February 2007, 12:09 GMT
Council estates get 5m spruce-up
A 4.8m pilot programme of work to improve council blocks in Cheltenham is to receive its finishing touches.

Bramley Road has undergone extensive landscaping, had new security fencing built and improvements made to the communal recreation area.

Following its success the Neighbourhood Works programme is being extended to other council estates.

A residents' day of planting and landscaping will be held on 28 February ahead of the full roll-out.

Paul Stephenson, Assistant Chief Executive of CBH, said: "The pilot scheme is an excellent example of how we work in partnership, with residents, to deliver community based projects.

Good Neighbour Agreement

Residents will be consulted on the type and extent of works to be carried out throughout the complete programme of works.

"This project aims to give a sense of ownership to tenants and help them contribute to their communities."

The full three year works programme has been developed by Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) with resident representatives.

It aims to provide better security, boundary fencing, paths, amenity spaces and a general upgrade of grassed and planted areas, and communal external areas to blocks and estates.

Where possible, obsolete outbuildings will be cleared and new secure waste disposal facilities will be installed.

The Good Neighbour Agreement will run alongside this programme. All residents sign up in addition to their tenancy agreement, and it aims to tackle local issues, such as anti-social behaviour.

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