Parking is one of those issues that always comes up in our survey. Over the last year, we've spent over £170,000 solely on new driveways across the city to reduce the impact of on-street parking.
In addition to the driveways, we've improved the communal parking on Maple Drive, Chellaston (£30k), parts of the New Sinfin estate (£50k), Greenacres in Littleover (£10k) and Hadden Drive in Spondon (£51k). In Meadow Lane, Alvaston, we spent £46k widening the road to allow safer parking on street and improve access for emergency vehicles.
We've also carried out resurfacing of various existing car parks, such as Launceston Road, Alvaston.
In August, the National BMX Championships were held right here in Derby at Alvaston Park. We were there to hand over a cheque for £25,000 to Derby BMX Club. This money, alongside funds Derby City Council had secured from Sport England, helped to install new flood-lighting to allow them to run their training into the dark winter months. In exchange, Derby BMX Club have provided free coaching sessions for children and young people living in homes we manage.
While we were there, we stopped to watch the parade - BMX clubs from all over the country put on a show with some amazing bike tricks and wild, colourful costumes.
In April, we officially opened the brand new Arkle Green play area, which has been completely renovated. The project was funded by Derby Homes, Derby City Council, Veolia Environmental Trust and the Landfill Communities Fund.
Pupils at Grampian Primary Academy designed artwork for the play area sign and safety surface artwork. Thanks for your help Year Five!
We have a long history of support for the Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre in Skegness. The centre provides many children with a holiday that they may otherwise not get. This year, they provided over 660 places for Derbyshire children.
Our staff regularly donate some of their own time to help with repairs and renovations at the centre and we often secure additional materials and labour through the "social value" element of our contracts (a procurement requirement for many of our successful service providers).
For some time, we had been planning some major improvements to the building. We approached Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS), who are leading a major "Think Sprinkler" campaign to highlight the benefits of domestic sprinkler systems in new homes and in existing properties, where vulnerable people are at risk from fire.
With funding from DFRS and other organisations supplying materials or services free of charge, our staff carried our all of the related building and electrical work to ensure the project was a success. The holiday centre celebrated the end of the project in January 2018.
This is a project we are particularly proud to have been a part of in the year we received our third ROSPA President's Award (12 consecutive Gold Awards) for Health & Safety. Nationally, we are one of just four housing organisations to achieve recognition at this level.
“Families in the community will be reassured to learn of the generosity given by those organisations, generosity which will now greatly benefit their children’s safety; and who gain so much more from the holidays the centre provides." BILL TOMLINSON, CHAIR OF DERBYSHIRE CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY CENTRE