New play scheme on the horizon thanks to Orbit East and MITIE!
Published by Orbit East & South for Orbit East in Communities and also in Housing
Cheque hand over
Orbit East has joined forces with service contractor MITIE to donate money for a much-needed play scheme at the Blenheim Grange residential estate in Carbrooke near Watton.
Orbit East arranged for £20,000, with MITIE donating a further £27,000, to be donated to the Blenheim Grange Project Group in a bid to help raise funds for the play area. The money has come from Orbit’s Community Investment Fund, set up as a result of cost savings across the organisation, which supports projects that are of value to its residents, partner organisations and the wider community.
The Blenheim Grange Project Group was formed by Orbit East and Taylor Wimpey, who inherited responsibility for the estate after the previous building firm went into administration, to address some of the issues that had arisen. The Group also includes local residents, plus other housing and key community service providers.
Resident surveys from the 400-property estate identified that one of the key targets which could help to improve community spirit was the provision of a play area. The money will be used specifically for play equipment, including a youth shelter and equipment for children of all ages.
Shelley Power Orbit East Neighbourhood Manager, and Chair of the Blenheim Grange Project Group, says “We are working hard to continue improving the community of Blenheim Grange and this money will provide a fantastic boost. We are hoping to get the play area in place by this Summer.”
Peter Griffin, Director for Social Housing at MITIE added “Supporting the local community is important to MITIE, and we hope the new play area will be enjoyed by residents for years to come.”
Photo shows Shelley Power, Orbit East Neighbourhood Manager, and Chair of the Blenheim Grange Project Group (far left) with Surayia Torrella, MITIE's Regional Community Engagement Manager (centre) handing the cheques over to the Blenheim Grange Project Group.