Fun Day Brings Community Together
Monday, 06 August 2012
MORE than 100 residents fromRectoryParkin Northolt came together to celebrate the first phase of regeneration on the estate during its second annual Fun Day.
Community spirit was running high during the event which took place on Saturday 28 July. Organised by Network Housing Group (NHG), residents enjoyed attractions such as music by local acts, face painting, karaoke, balloon modelling, Zumba dancing, and a mini Olympic Games tournament. Advice on employment and training opportunities for residents was also on offer, along with food and drink stalls.
The Fun Day was also a chance for residents to celebrate the recently secured planning permission to develop 425 homes on the estate and during the festivities NHG chief executive Helen Evans formally opened the new site office along with Ealing Mayor Mohammad Aslam and MP Stephen Pound.
This new development will be instrumental in creating a neighbourhood which reinforces the strong community that already exists in the area.
NHG, with its development partner Hill Partnerships, will now embark on building phases one and two of the new scheme, which will deliver 160 new homes to make the residents' vision a reality. Network Stadium, which is part of NHG will own and manage the estate.
Network Stadium's Executive Director, Susmita Sen, said: "We are very excited to be working closely with residents to provide high quality and comfortable homes. This development is a great opportunity to showcase the strengths of the community at RectoryParkand we are delighted to be leading the way with the support of Ealing Council."
Resident Liaison Manager, Pamela Da Costa, who is part of the team organising the event said: "The Fun Day was a huge success with residents enjoying the range of activities on offer. It was a great opportunity for residents to get together and many have since told me that the event made them feel like a community again, which is a fantastic achievement.
"Exciting developments are being made atRectoryParkand our residents and the community as a whole are at the heart of everything we do."
NOTES TO EDITOR:
- Network Housing Group comprises six registered providers. The non asset-holding parent in the Group, Network Housing Group Limited, provides strategic leadership and co-ordination, development and corporate services to its six key subsidiary associations: Community Trust Housing, Mitali Housing Association, London Strategic Housing, Network Stadium Housing Association, Riversmead Housing Association, Willow Housing and Care. In addition, Solon Community Network provides independent resident consultancy for the Group. Altogether the Group owns and manages 17,000 homes, mostly inLondonand Hertfordshire.
- Network Stadium is a community based housing association and currently owns approximately 9,000 properties in and aroundLondon. It is the founder and largest member of the Network Housing Group. Network Stadium builds and contributes to the development of mixed tenure and mixed use communities, and develops and manages commercial properties and some homes for general sale.
- RectoryParkwill include 425 homes in total: 170 for social rent, 190 for outright sale and 65 for shared equity. Phases one and two are due to complete in 2015 and will include 160 homes: 54 for social rent, 96 for outright sale and 10 shared equity homes for existing leaseholders.
- Network Housing Group and its development partner Hill Partnerships were awarded the contract by Ealing Council to regenerate the estate and provide new homes and facilities. Planning permission was formally awarded on11 July 2012.
- RectoryParkwas listed at number 9 in 24housing's list of the top 50 housing projects in July 2012. Network Housing Group also appeared at number 10 in Inside Housing's list of the top 50 developing housing associations for completed developments in June 2012.