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Social housing provider Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) has given a new lease of life to a local playground in Charford.

After engaging with local residents, bdht has commissioned a specialist to deliver a safe and inviting playground for children in the community to enjoy. The refreshed play area now boasts new equipment, as well as improvements to lighting and fencing.

The playground was previously identified as a key site scheduled to be regenerated as part of bdht’s ongoing commitment towards improving and enhancing facilities for the local residents across Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas.

As part of the wider project, bdht has also created an inclusive partnership with Safer Bromsgrove and will be liaising with the local community to create an active resident’s group to ensure that the play area can be enjoyed for many more years to come.

Graeme Anderson, director of housing and communities at bdht, said: “This site has previously been identified as a hot spot for anti-social behaviour and was in need of regeneration. After a number of short-term measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are delighted to have delivered a more permanent solution for local residents.

“It was incredibly important to us that we engaged with the local community to ensure the area delivered an attractive and engaging space which they could best utilise. The refreshed play area will be a fantastic addition to the local area.”

David Rischmiller, community safety projects officer at Safer Bromsgrove, commented: “Whilst the revitalised playground will make a significant impact on the Charford community, it’s incredibly important that we look at this as a long-term inclusive partnership to ensure it maximises its potential. We’re delighted to be working in collaboration with bdht to do this.”

bdht is a registered provider of social housing, serving the district of Bromsgrove and surrounding areas. The not-for-profit organisation aims to improve the communities in which it is based, working closely with partners, such as the council, police and residents, to provide secure and comfortable accommodation, and safe and happy neighbourhoods. The organisation also undertakes a wide range of activities under contract to others including homelessness, extra care, property and estate management.

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