The Flowers Estate in South Ockendon and various estates in Tilbury had visitors in the past two weeks.
Thurrock Council’s Housing Department, councillors and other council officers went to the estates on walkabout visits which gave local residents, local ward members, local forums, tenants and residents associations the opportunity to have their say about improving their local area.
This time around they looked at parking issues in the Civic Square in Tilbury and discussed local planting schemes and how to improve the general grounds maintenance and general appearance of the area.
At the Flowers Estate, issues relating to the continuing improvement of pathways and maintenance of large planted and bedding areas were among things discussed.
Cllr Lynn Worrall, Thurrock Council’s portfolio-holder for Community, who was also part of the walkabout, said: “The visits were successful at both locations and we were able to engage with the communities as residents came out of their flats and houses and got involved in discussions as well as activities.”
Cllr Andy Smith, the council’s portfolio-holder for Housing added: “Thurrock Council is committed to offering a wide range of opportunities for involving residents in the services we provide, at a pace and time that suits their needs.
“We also carry out regular inspections as part of our landlord activity to monitor the standard of all communal and environmental areas and amenities for our tenants and leaseholders.
“In the future I encourage residents who want to have their say or make suggestions for their area to attend whenever possible, as these walkabouts create a good atmosphere to find out their needs.”
After each estate visit the housing department report back to residents’ associations and local councillors on the actions which were carried out as a result of the inspections and outcomes are also published in the housing Discover magazine and in other publications.