£600,000 secured to improve St Ives Court
Cllr Dale Heenan “More good news for Nythe residents, the Conservative budget which delivered a freeze in Council Tax for the third year included £600,000 for improving St Ives Court from the Housing Revenue Account capital work programme for the next 12 months.
St Ives Court has had it’s ups and down over the years, and the current management have done a great job at keeping any problems to a minimum. 7 years ago, former Councillor Glenn Smith held a public meeting on anti-social behaviour and local residents concerns about the site. This week, local Councillor Richard Hurley became the Cabinet member for Public Protection, Housing and StreetSmart this week, and I wish him well with this tricky portfolio!
Last year, Richard and I were able to secure agreement from the Housing department to look at what options existed to either improve the building because it does look like a 70’s prison block in a quiet residential area, or to close it down.
Unfortunately, closing St Ives Court is not feasible and would require huge amounts of Council money to erect a new building in another part of the town.
A feasibility study into potential improvements resulted in six options was commissioned, covering external maintenance work to more significant regeneration works. It was this sixth and most significant option which Richard and I successfully lobbied to see budgeted for.
Lots more work needs to be done, along with a public consultation with local residents but this is big step forward. Among the potential improvements include adding a new roof so it is more in keeping with the local area, and a mock up for discussion was prepared in the feasibility study.”