Spire Homes invests £230,000 on neighbourhood improvements

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A housing association has spent £230,000 making improvements to neighbourhoods and areas around tenants homes.

Spire Homes set aside £450,000 to spend over five years on environmental improvements when it took over Rutland County Council’s housing stock in 2009.

So far, the housing association, which also has homes in East Northamptonshire, has spent £230,000 on improvements, which include new footpaths and parking bays, upgraded lighting and renovated walls.

Communal areas have also been upgraded, including new fencing, drying areas and bin stores.

South View in Preston recently had new parking bays, footpaths and solar lighting installed to help tenants who live there.

Tenants Fred and Josie McShane said the work has really improved the parking area and stopped people from parking on the grass.

Fred said: “The new footpath has made things a lot easier for us.

“The front used to be all grass so we had to walk a longer way around to our house. That’s been a vast improvement.”

Tenants in North Luffenham have also benefitted from a new drying area outside, which has also been welcomed by people living there.

Phil Ison, the property services team leader from Spire Homes, said he was pleased with how the work was progressing, which has also included improved security measures.

He said: “This budget is being used to improve neighbourhoods and areas around our tenants’ homes and we are on target.”