RECENTLY our Quality of Life (QoL) team achieved great work in the Neighbourhood Improvement Community Engagement (NICE) Day of Action in Galleywood, Chelmsford.
Working with Chelmsford City Council, the DVLA, Essex Fire and Rescue and the Centre Supporting Voluntary Action – the QoL team cleaned up the community and carried out tenancy audits at a number of CHP properties in the area.
Enlisting the help of Galleywood Infant school, children took part in a litter pick while members of our Grounds Maintenance team cut, pruned and tided up communal areas.
As part of the QoL team, Tenancy Services members took part in a door knocking exercise to identify any potential cases of tenancy fraud, thereby freeing up valuable affordable housing for those on the housing waiting list. During the exercise they served a Notice of Seeking Possession at a flat when they found that the tenant was not using it as their main home.
Also on the day, QoL team members and Essex Fire and Rescue provided fire safety information and conducted fire risk assessments in blocks of flats. They also spoke to residents, not only to raise the profile of fire issues but to highlight the importance of keeping communal areas and exits clear.
Previous NICE Days of Action have seen the QoL team clean-up community areas in and around Melbourne, Meadgate and Westlands in Chelmsford, in a bid to make local residents proud of where they live.
Jon Cowie, Tenancy Services team leader, said: “NICE Days of Action are events which include an extensive clean-up campaign, enforcement operations and initiatives to improve the quality of the environment for local residents.”