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Makeover for neglected area

Philip Sullivan, director of operations, Havebury Housing Partnership ANL-150204-145727001
Philip Sullivan, director of operations, Havebury Housing Partnership ANL-150204-145727001

Residents living in Parsonage Gardens, Haverhill, have benefited from a £10,000 makeover to improve their ‘neglected’ communal garden.

The not-for-profit housing association, Havebury Housing Partnership, says there were complaints the outside space was becoming run-down and neglected, had limited drying facilities, no pathways and was overgrown.

However, after an inspection and consultation with the residents, it was agreed that the communal area needed not only to be useful, but had to be nice to sit and look at.

Havebury, working alongside its grounds maintenance contractor, managed to complete the project within a week, spending a total of £10,930 to revamp the open space, so residents could use it for drying clothes as well as sitting and enjoying it.

The garden now consists of different features, such as a raised planting area with seating, new rotary lines, and pathways that tenants can use to access the area safely.

Residents believe the garden has been transformed. One resident said “The area is beautiful now, the hedge has been cut back, and having the pathways makes such a difference.”

Alan Earle, Havebury neighbourhood ranger, who led the project, also shared his delight of the impact that the project had made. He said; “This project has made such a difference to the appearance of the area whilst making it more useful.”

Philip Sullivan, Havebury director of operations, said: “Projects like this help to improve both the appearance and use of open spaces for local residents. We’re really pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received.”

Havebury’s Neighbourhood Investment Panel has helped 38 projects, through grants around £189,000, since April 2014. It wants to hear of any other ideas for improvements. Contact Lauren Hollands on 01284 722035 or lauren.hollands@havebury.com

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