Cih Level 3 in Housing Assignment 5

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Windmill Housing Association

Lime Tree Estate

A Way Forward

Suzanne Stone

07.06.2012

Contents

Factors which have lead to the decline of this estate………………………………………………………….3,4 Improvements needed……………………………………..….5,6 Community Development Key Issues……………………..…...7 Different Approaches that may work…………………………..8 A definition of ASB…………………………………………….9 Different Legal and non legal solutions……………………….10 Managing this Neighbourhood……………………………......11 Conclusion…………………………………………………….12 References……………………………………………………..13

The Lime Tree Estate – Factors which have lead to the decline of this estate

Many factors have contributed to the decline of this neighbourhood. The current tenure mix mainly consists of social housing tenants; the landlords of these properties are responsible amongst others for the lack of investment in general in the area. The lack of investment alongside tenant’s general apathy has resulted in the area becoming run down, with overgrown gardens, and lack of maintenance of the garden fences and gates. There are a large number of elderly people living on the estate that feel that although the estate is run down and needs investment they feel supported by there inner circle of neighbours and wish to remain in the area, unlike many of the younger population that view a move to Lime Tree as a temporary move which they wish to transfer out of as soon as they can.

Large open spaces on the estate have lead to increased dog fouling and fly tipping, with nearby takeaways contributing to the already problem of litter. Although the estate contributes of a large mix of family homes (64 three bedroom houses, 42 two bedroom houses) there are no defined play areas, no community facilities and other recreational facilities, this effects not only the young but many of the elderly residents feel that lack of facilities have contributed to their increased social isolation. Not only is there a lack of recreational facilities but also there is no health facility or local supermarket. Transport is a major factor on the isolation that the young and old feel adds to them being able to access basic services. Bus services are somewhat limited and do not meet the needs of the population.

The lack of health facilities result in children not attending clinics as often as they should and missing out on important early stage assessments. There are a high number of residents who suffer from chronic medical conditions and mental health problems resulting in many who are dependant on disability benefits.

Although there are a few businesses on the outskirts of the estate many of these are now boarded up. There is an open public house but this has a bad reputation, although the appointment of a new manager it is hoped that he will be able to change this. There is no launderette of post office facilities on the estate. There is a large disused building on the estate thought to have previously been a dairy.

The children from the estate are mainly enrolled in the local primary school on the edge of the estate. This school has received a damming ofsted report for its lack of involvement with the not only the wider community but also parents of children attending the school. This school has a higher than average population of pupils with additional learning support needs.

The estate has high levels of unemployment, with many of the residents lacking basic skills. There is however vacancies available locally for some of the young single mothers on the estate however some residents feel that they are stigmatised simply due to their living on the estate. The truth of the matter for many unemployed is that they lack the skills set for the vacancies in the area.

In general this estate suffers from intergenerational tension, with many older people complaining of youths loitering around the estate, drinking. This has resulted in many older people stating they feel...
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