4:40pm Thursday 3rd October 2013
By Claire Maxwell
A residents’ group is "over the moon" after an Abbots Langley development costing tens of thousands of pounds was given the go-ahead.
The proposed improvements for the School Mead green will involve some new pathways, planting, seating and a new ‘sail shade’. Watford Community Housing Trust has been working with Hillside Residents Association to finalise the plans.
The Hillside Residents Association was awarded the £60,000 grant from Watford Community Housing Trust’s Better Communities Fund, to improve their community space.
Peter Scott, chairman of the Hillside Residents’ Association, said: "It was finalised last week at a meeting with the developers and Watford Community Housing Trust. It’s all been sorted out and of course we are over the moon."
Residents in Abbots Langley were given the opportunity to have their final say on plans for the £60,000 project to transform the green space.
A spokesperson for Watford Community Housing Trust said: "We had funding to put forward somewhere from the Better Communities Fund. The Better Communities Fund was established when the trust was first set up to invest in community projects. Wherever possible we want to hear the residents’ ideas and the Hillside Residents’ Association approached us about the School Mead green. It’s a big green area and it has got so much potential so we were happy to get involved in it."
The design and delivery is being co-ordinated by Groundwork Hertfordshire, a charity with experience of community-led environmental projects.
Euan Barr, Head of New Business at Watford Community Housing Trust, said: "Over the last few months we have been working with Hillside Residents’ Association on a proposal to revamp School Mead green, and are delighted to announce that we have now appointed a contractor, D. Honour & Sons, to carry out the works following a competitive tender.
"The work will involve some new pathways, planting, seating and a new ‘sail shade’. The contractor has some preparation work to do and should be on site within two or three weeks, with works expected to be completed during November.
"We carried out a lot of consultation with the residents’ association and local people to get the layout right, and we are confident that the existing charm of the School Mead space will be enhanced by this investment from the Better Communities Fund."
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