We have completed a massive project to improve parking, pathways, and highways on the Lower Lane estate.

As part of our social value work, and You said, We did commitment, we consulted with tenants during a community day to ensure we fully understood the issues on the estate.

With tenants telling us they were struggling to park outside their homes, we created numbered parking spaces on Tudor Drive. We gave each tenant a double parking bay with enough space for visitors' parking. We also introduced traffic calming measures.

Phil McNulty, Senior Contracts Manager at Progress Housing Group, said: "As we own the vast majority of the pathways and highways, we looked at what we could do to improve the estate for our tenants.

“We have been listening to tenant feedback and ensured we fulfilled the brief after considering the issues raised by those who know the neighbourhood well.

“In one particular place, tenants have struggled to park outside their homes, which can be inconvenient, particularly if they are disabled. Some residents have previously had to park in the turning circle, which meant bin wagons struggled to come down the streets. There were also potential issues around emergency services trying to access certain areas. Improving off-road parking has alleviated these issues, giving each household a double space, with spaces for visitors.

(Images below may not represent the same location but reflect the difference made in the area in terms of parking and speed humps).

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 “Traffic calming measures have been upgraded and re-sited around the estate to reduce vehicles speeding. Feedback from tenants highlighted this as a significant issue, especially with young families living on the estate.

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“As part of the social value work, we were also able to increase and improve parking facilities at the Lower Lane Community Centre. This was proposed after discussing how we can make better use of the centre after our Property Services and Repairs teams carried out a refurbishment.”

NMS Ltd was the winning contractor responsible for delivering the project, working with Leeming Associates, a Chartered Building Consultancy. We completed the work during the school holidays, with minimal disruption to our tenants.

James Alderson, Managing Director and Chartered Building Engineer at Leeming Associates, said: “It was great to work with Progress Housing Group and NMS Civil Engineering to deliver such a worthwhile project, which will benefit tenants and all residents living on the estate.” 

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Image: New parking at Lower Lane Community Centre

Tenants were also pleased with the new improvements.

Sam said: “Before the new parking spaces were created we had to block in next door, or park in the turning circle. But the new spaces have made a huge difference to us and makes it easier for family members to visit.

“The speed bumps are much better now as the speed dips used to damage your car.

“I do think the estate looks much better now.”

Another tenant said: “I have lived here all my life, and I think the estate has improved a lot over the years. Now the roads have improved I would like to get the buses back down here.”


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