Neighbourhoods to get star-studded ratings
Published by KDavison for New Charter Group in Housing and also in Communities
Neighbourhoods across Tameside are changing with new star-studded ratings as part of plans to improve communities and tackle issues like crime, anti-social behaviour and unemployment.
Housing association New Charter Homes has restructured its existing neighbourhoods to create 32 new areas which will each be given a rating based on three to five stars.
It has also worked with tenants and partners including the police, council, NHS and the Job Centre to develop new neighbourhood plans for each area.
The plans, which run for three years, measure levels of crime and employment, quality of health services and education in neighbourhoods. They also look at the happiness of residents, family’s income levels and the amount of rent arrears in an area.
Based on this information, the plans set out a list of actions to help make neighbourhoods better places to live, work and enjoy.
The plans and the new star-rating will help tenants and local agencies to see what is working well and where more work is needed to improve communities.
New Charter is launching the new plans across its Home and Community Hubs on Thursday 31 January.
Emma Wilson, New Charter’s director of communities said: “The new plans set out clear objectives to improve neighbourhoods and it’s a new way of working to ensure that resources are targeted at the needs of individual areas.
“The tailored approach will help us to work more effectively with partners on local issues and the new-star ratings give us one system to measure how well a neighbourhood is doing.
“I’d like to thank tenants and the wider community for helping us to develop these plans and we’d like to invite people along to our launch on 31 January to talk to us about the plans and meet their neighbourhood co-ordinators, some of who will be new faces.”
Notes for editors
New neighbourhood ratings:
Five stars: The neighbourhood is a popular place to live offering people a good quality of life and access to good services/facilities. The main aim for this area is to identify the right activities, services and initiatives to make it sustainable.
Four stars: The neighbourhood is a good place to live but does experience some problems that affect people’s quality of life. The main aim for the area is to identify the right activities, services and initiatives that will help address the specific issues that stop it being as good a place as it could be.
Three stars: The neighbourhood has the potential to be a great place to live but is currently experiencing a number of issues that affect people’s overall quality of life. The main aim for the area is to identify a range of activities, services and initiatives that will significantly improve people’s day-today living.