Crawley Borough Council welcomed Crawley Homes tenants and leaseholders from across the town to its first Estates Day.
The event took place across Crawley with two main activity hubs in Bewbush and Broadfield and eight other smaller satellite hubs in Northgate, West Green, Ifield, Gossops Green, Southgate, Furnace Green, Tilgate and Pound Hill. Tenants and leaseholders were invited to come and talk to the council about how they would like it to deliver estate services and what is important to them in terms of how the council manages council housing.
The Social Housing White Paper and forthcoming associated legislation will have an impact on the council’s future work, including how it manages its estates and engages with residents. The purpose of this event was to kickstart the council’s future commitment to estate management.
The Estates Day was supported by council contractors Mears, Wates and Liberty and attended by the Tenants and Leaseholders Action Panel. At the main activity hubs, as well as estate inspections and some instant repairs, there were free family fun activities including face painting, ice creams and a prize draw. The smaller satellite hubs mainly focused on completing inspections of communal housing spaces and blocks of flats.
As well as utilising the hubs to engage with residents on estate management, the council provided support on other issues that are having an impact on residents, such as the cost of living. In addition, it provided updates on the work it has been doing around financial inclusion, decarbonisation of stock and water neutrality, including how this work can help reduce tenants’ utility bills.
It is the first time we’ve held an event of this size for tenants and leaseholders. Along with our main contractors, we actively engaged with Crawley Homes tenants and other residents to hear about their views on our estates. We will use this information to influence our future approach to the management of housing land and communal spaces to ensure we continue to provide safe, well managed estates.
Cllr Michael Jones
Crawley Borough Council