New parking bays for cars and bikes have now been completed at Townsend Square as part of the City Council’s ongoing £800,000 programme to refurbish the estate and benefit over 70 households.
The Council is also providing new bin stores, improving the interior and exterior communal areas of the flats, and planting gardens to promote resident involvement in their outdoor space. The new gardens are beginning to take shape and will be completed within the next few weeks.
The garages have been given a fresh coat of paint, with new shed doors painted in line with a resident colour choice scheme. Houses that are adjacent to Donnington Bridge road are also having improvements made to their existing bin stores and bike racks provided.
In all, there are 68 flats and seven bungalows at Townsend Square.
In keeping with housing and fire safety regulations, residents will not be permitted to use the communal areas to store or dispose of their belongings or rubbish. The new bin stores will be provided for each block and located in suitable places to prevent smells and fly-tipping. The new bike security rails will allow residents to lock their bikes in a secure place at ground level.
New seating areas bring a more communal feel to the gardens and the new railings offer more security and a sense of garden space for all to enjoy. The 28 new car parking spaces across Townsend Square – including disabled parking bays - have helped to resolve a longstanding parking shortage on the estate.
Work started in October last year following a consultation with residents but was delayed due to the very wet weather experienced over the winter and spring months.
Councillor Mike Rowley, Board Member for Housing, said: “I’m pleased with the progress made so far in the work to deliver improvements to Townsend Square. Residents now have more car and bike parking spaces as well as improved communal spaces to relax in. The City Council is committed to improving the environment on our estates and giving people positive views about their neighbourhood. To date we have spent in the region of £1 million on various projects under our Great Estates programme, including improvements to security and wireless intercom systems as well as new bin stores and new communal doors.”