Tameside neighbourhoods shoot for the stars
Published by KDavison for New Charter Group in Communities and also in Housing
Mandeep Kaur with her two sons
Neighbourhoods in Tameside have transformed with 62 per cent of neighbourhoods now achieving the best five star rating.
Just one year after housing association New Charter Homes launched a star-studded rating system for its 32 neighbourhoods, the number of five star areas has shot from 8 to 20 – a massive rise of 150 per cent.
The ratings, based on three to five stars, were developed by New Charter after a review of its neighbourhoods to tackle local issues like crime, anti-social behaviour and unemployment as part of three year action plans.
Only two neighbourhoods remain at three stars compared to eight last year with two areas, Stanhope St Annes in Denton and Gorse Hall in Dukinfield, shooting straight to five stars.
And, only 10 neighbourhoods have the four star rating meaning that most have improved to five stars.
Working with partners including the police, the council and NHS, New Charter’s neighbourhood plans measure levels of crime, unemployment, poor health and education. They also look at the happiness of residents, family income and the amount of rent arrears in a neighbourhood.
Since the plans started a year ago, anti-social behaviour cases have fallen in all neighbourhoods with big improvements in the three star areas.
Eight neighbourhoods achieved the full five stars for residents’ satisfaction compared to only four in 2013.
More people are now also getting involved in their communities and nine new residents’ associations have been set up with more people having a say on how services are run.
New Charter has already completed more than half the actions it promised in the three year neighbourhoods plans in the first year alone. These activities include clean-up days, community events, recycling schemes, new job clubs for unemployed people, changes to local health services and gardening projects.
Emma Wilson, New Charter’s Director of Communities said: “These results are staggering and a testament to the hard work and dedication we have committed to improve our neighbourhoods.
“The star-ratings enable us to target resources into the right neighbourhoods to tackle issues that our residents and partners told us were their highest priority.
“In just one year, we’ve seen some amazing work which will have a long lasting benefit to neighbourhoods for many years to come.
“There’s still more to do in some neighbourhoods but we’ve made an incredible impact in our first year and are hugely proud that our people and our work have delivered great results.”
New Charter’s neighbourhood plans have also been recognised for best practice at a national level by the Chartered Institute of Housing and the National Housing Federation.