Riverside celebrates 10 years on the Langley estate
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities
Riverside staff celebrate with a model cake of Langley past and present – L-R Riverside’s Jeff Allen, chief executive, Carol Matthews, community wardens, Natalie Haynes and Colin Whiteley.
Staff from Riverside celebrated 10 years as social landlord on the Langley estate.
In 2002 Riverside took over management of around 3,000 Manchester City Council homes on the Langley estate. Since then they have demolished 800 unsuitable properties, modernised 2,000 homes and built over one hundred new ones – with a further 41 scheduled for completion in 2013.
Jeff Allen is neighbourhood manager for Riverside in Langley. He said: “We are really proud to have transformed Langley into a desirable place to live. We now have a waiting list for people who want to live on the estate.”
But it’s not just about bricks and mortar. Riverside has pumped around £50,000 annually into community projects to support older people, youth groups and families on Langley.
Jeff added: “Crime and anti-social behaviour has dramatically reduced during our time as social landlord. Thanks mainly to partnership work with the local police and fostering a feeling of trust with our tenants, in terms of reporting neighbourhood nuisance.
“Our warden scheme has helped to develop a real sense of community and our junior wardens have become the eyes and ears of the neighbourhood. It’s been a fantastic decade, but we are not complacent. We will continue to listen to our tenants and address their neighbourhood concerns.”