New residents' group for revamped Bush Court in Oakley
MOVES to set up a new residents' association in one of Oakley's social housing blocks have been welcomed by tenants.
Bosses at Cheltenham Borough Homes have announced plans to start the group in a bid to strengthen community spirit at Bush Court, off Prior's Road.
The news comes as a massive regeneration programme at the 61-home block is due to come to an end next month.
The residents' group would meet monthly and act as a forum for people to raise issues affecting them to the housing group.
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June Steele, who has lived at Bush Court since 1996, said it will help to give ordinary residents a louder voice. "It's very good news," said the 65-year-old. "There is a strong community spirit here and I think this will help to bring people even closer. It will be something young and old can take part in and feel like we are all in it together."
The regeneration scheme, which has been taking shape over the past year, includes the addition of communal gardens, allotments, bike sheds and perimeter railings.
Residents in the block said it could breathe new life into an area which has been synonymous with low-level crime in recent years.
Councillor Rowena Hay (LD, Oakley) said: "It's very good news that this work has gone ahead. We have been waiting for the regeneration of Bush Court for years.
"Having a residents' association will be a positive too as it will improve communication and give residents more of a voice."
Paul Stephenson, chief executive at Cheltenham Borough Homes, said the work would make the block a more pleasant place to live.
He said: "The regeneration has been progressing really well and we are looking forward to seeing the works completed and the impact it will have for the area.
"We asked residents to be involved in the designs and we hope that they are pleased with the transformation so far.
"Once the works have been completed we will continue to work with them to set up a residents' association and develop community activities."