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Transforming neighbourhoods

Hard work and community pride are helping to transform neighbourhoods
Council neighbourhoods across the city are flourishing thanks to Decent Neighbourhoods funding which is transforming the look and feel of our estates.
Last year there were makeovers in Thornhill and Townhill Park; paying for improvements like extra parking, new pathways and community gardens that local communities said they wanted.  
There are more exciting plans in the pipeline with Decent Neighbourhoods improvement work planned for Redbridge, Golden Grove, Millbrook, Weston and Northam this year.  
“Decent Neighbourhoods isn’t just about making an area simply look better, it’s about getting the local community on board so that residents feel part of the transformation and proud of what’s happening in their neighbourhood.  When we’ve created new community gardens we’ve helped people set up gardening clubs so they have the skills, the equipment and the determination to keep the area looking good for the future.” Aidan Cooper Decent Neighbourhoods Project Manager 
Community pride is just one of the reasons that the project at Townhill Park was shortlisted for a national TPAS award earlier this year. Local people rolled up their sleeves to help transform their neighbourhood, digging in plants and creating a huge mosaic next to Alpine Stores.  
Their hard work, and that of P.T Contractors has transformed this once ‘unloved and neglected’ estate into a rather special place to live and residents say their neighbourhood looks better, feels safer and is bursting with community pride. Plus, P.T. Contractors made sure local residents were part of the onsite workforce. As well as employing members of the local community, they offered apprenticeship opportunities and work-placements for young people from The Princes Trust.  
Following this job well done P.T Contractors are now working at the next Decent Neighbourhoods project in Redbridge, where landscaping, new parking and pathways are planned.  
To find out more about Decent Neighbourhoods and how you can help improve your local area please contact Aidan Cooper.
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