A major £6m regeneration programme for 13 blocks of flats on Limes Estate, Chigwell begins this month.
Creating places where people want to live
The project involves roof repairs, replacement doors and windows, external repairs and redecorations, a new outdoor gym and landscaping. It is being carried out under Epping Forest District Council’s ‘Creating Places Where People Want to Live’ commitment.
Consultation with residents in Copperfields and Limes Avenue on this major 52-week project began at the beginning of 2021 and involved the creation of a new Tenants/Residents Association on the estate.
In June 2021 the project team issued a virtual ‘Place and Feel’ questionnaire to residents. It included questions on what estate enhancements they would most like to see as part of the regeneration project.
CCTV, gym facilities, and parking measures were among the top items residents felt most important, along with tree planting, landscaping and more litter and dog bins.
Champions were identified in each of the flat blocks to keep their neighbours informed of decisions/progress. There have been many focus groups and wider meetings including a ‘meet the contractor’ event earlier this month.
Work to commence at the end of January
Councillor Holy Whitbread, Cabinet Member for Housing said:
Engagement with residents and stakeholders over the past 18 months has been amazing.
We established a residents focus group to help steer the design phase, better understand resident issues, and help with the flow of information back to residents from the project.
Some minor disruption is anticipated during the course of the project but Project Manager, Jordan Dapaah will be on hand alongside the resident liaison team to steer the project throughout its duration
Contractor Equans Regeneration Limited is due on site at the end of the month.
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