Neighbourhood and environmental improvements
We have a dedicated fund that is available to spend on neighbourhood and environmental improvements. Since the creation of our Environmental Improvement Group (EIG) in 2012, we've been able to use this funding to make a difference to the places where our customers live. We've helped invest in playgrounds, parking spaces, community projects, communal spaces and more.
The EIG is made up of our tenants, leaseholders and our staff who meet every month to discuss and vote on funding applications. If you'd like to apply for funding for a project that will help improve your local neighbourhood, please see our advice and application form below.
What is an improvement?
A neighbourhood or environmental improvement is something which improves the quality of life for our customers, as well as the local community. Examples include:
- Improved external lighting and security lighting repairs to walkways, pathways and other hard landscaping
- Enhanced landscaping features around homes
- Improved rubbish storage and disposal systems
- Investment in community projects
- Improved car parking for our residents
- Renewed playground and recreational areas
- Improved recycling facilities
How do I apply?
You need to complete the EIG application form and return it to us. Before you do this however, you should:
- Have a chat with one of our community specialists to hear what they think about the suggestion and whether it fits with the long term investment priorities for the community.
- Think about the practicalities – is it something that will really improve your neighbourhood? Do you think it really is feasible? Would it be cost effective?
- Contact other tenants, leaseholders and members of the community to see if they support your suggestion. If you need some help doing this, please let us know.
What we've done so far
Over the years, we've completed a wide range of projects to improve the places where our customers live.
Off-street parking at Barrowcroft sheltered housing scheme
New off-street parking with eight spaces was completed in May 2018 after a customer successfully applied for funding.
Disabled access at Parsonage Close
Our customers were delighted with their new disabled ramp. They said: "This is super and has made a real difference to me being able to get my husband into the garden for him to enjoy".
Courtyard at Gatensbury Place
The photo above shows the new courtyard garden at Gatensbury Place, where an EIG grant was used to turn a plain concrete courtyard into a beautiful flower garden with creative architecture, imaginative planting and new garden furniture, all of which helped transform the space into a popular social area for our tenants.
Patio doors at Oakwood Crescent
Residents at Oakwood Crescent had one of their back windows replaced with a set of patio doors. The doors open out on a communal garden area, creating a much more open, social environment. Residents have said the work has completely changed their lives. "We've always been close as neighbours, but this has brought us even closer together," said Viola.
Bus shelter at Gweneth Court
Installing a bus shelter at Gweneth Court was one of our earliest projects. Providing our tenants with somewhere dry and comfortable to wait for the bus gave them the opportunity to access bus services to Marlow three times a day.
Play area at Gayhurst Road
The play area at Gayhurst Road in High Wycombe underwent a total refurbishment, transforming it from a very basic play area to a colourful playground with swings, a slide and musical playboards.
"All the projects we have granted money for have made a positive impact on Red Kite tenants and the wider community, in particular the playground improvements at Sandygate and Gayhurst Road," said Michelle, a Red Kite tenant and volunteer on the EIG.
Play area at Sandygate Close
Sandygate Close in Marlow is another playground that's benefited from a total refurbishment, featuring a new slide, swings and a spinning climbing frame.
"Being involved in the planning and ribbon cutting of the refurbished Sandygate playground in Marlow and seeing the children trying out the new equipment was my favourite project as part of the Environmental Improvement Group," said Red Kite tenant and EIG volunteer Derick.
Improving the parking at Laburnham Road
We also funded a project to provide additional parking spaces for tenants at Laburnham Road which helped to ease parking congestion in the area.
The importance of tenant involvement
"I have been involved with the EIG for several years now, and there is something very satisfying in providing extra facilities around the area which people have actually said they want and need." Dorothy, Red Kite tenant
"I continue to be involved in this group, because the people I work with want to ensure a positive outcome for their community and to ensure the grant money available is used for the benefit of our tenants ... having tenants involved ensures that the voice of the tenant is heard and that you as a tenant can make changes to improve services." Michelle, Red Kite tenant
"I think we are a very valuable link to give staff opinions and comments that we get from fellow tenants which quite often would not be known about." June, Red Kite tenant