Towards the end of last year, a small group of residents took the lead in completing the annual round of this successful project. The Estate grading project has been running for six years, and involves residents visiting and inspecting our estates against set criteria. This hands-on activity involves residents inspecting estates which are selected by the Resident Involvement Team to enable the process to be completely impartial, and awarding them a score. When grading an estate, residents look at shared areas such as communal gardens, and also check cleaning, communal repairs and noticeboards. They also give a view on the general appearance and upkeep of the estate. The estates are then given a grade of Gold, Silver or Bronze, with Gold being the highest. As part of this project the grading team make recommendations for improvement based on what they have seen. The recommendations form an action plan for Hexagon departments to resolve these issues within a specified timescale. The collaborative work between residents, the Housing Services and Repairs teams at Hexagon has seen the standard of Hexagon estates improve from mainly Silver and Bronze estates to all Silver and Gold estates in the latest grading exercise. This is a great achievement for everyone involved, and an excellent example of how involvement activities can lead to improvement. The following estates all received GOLD status in the recent round of inspections:
in Croydon: Jacksons Way, Oak Avenue, and Princess Road in Southwark: Canal Grove, Patrick Court, and Priory Court
and the following estates were all awarded SILVER status:
in Croydon: Hewitt Close, Oakfield Road in Lewisham: Baring Road, Park Court in Southwark: Claude Monet Court, Emblem Court, Gordon Road/Coy Terrace, Haven Way, Mary Seacole Court, and Solarium Court.
This project will continue every year, and will continue to make Hexagon estates a better place to live.