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In the news: £10million improvement programme for estates moving forward

A multi-million pound investment in the borough's estates is set to get underway this year following the work of our Pride Teams which has already been making a difference.

An investment of £10million a year for five years into creating clean and safe neighbourhoods through the Safe and Sound programme were agreed at a meeting of the full council last week (Thursday 24 February).

It was agreed at a previous meeting of the Housing and Estate Renewal Committee that Felmores, Lee Chapel North and Five Links would be in the first wave of the programme.

In November and early December last year the council's Pride Team were on the Five Links estate de-weeding, deep cleaning, clearing shrubbery from walkways and alleys and removing graffiti and flytipping. More than 80 courtyards were revamped as part of the programme. The Craylands estate also benefited from a tidy up and the council's contractors spent some time on the Chalvedon estate carrying out tree surgery. The purpose of the work was to cut overhanging branches and clear sight lines to make the estate safer.

More recently they have been in Billericay's Rosebay Avenue area clearing alleyways of rubbish, leaves, strimming back overgrown hedges and weed removal.

Chairman of the Housing and Estate Renewal Committee Councillor Andrew Schrader said: "Everyone deserves to live in a place that is clean and tidy that makes them feel safe and proud of their home. For too long this has not been the case in some of the borough's neighbourhoods, so when we came into administration, we gave an undertaking to listen to our residents and address their concerns.

"Throughout, we will remain committed to listening to residents and their priorities will guide everything we do."

Published on Monday 28 February