Staff working on a new affordable housing development in Loughborough have been volunteering their time to help with a clean-up at a nearby canal.
The workers from Leicester-based housebuilder Westleigh pitched in with painting, path edging, cutting back overgrown vegetation and litter picking along the Grand Union Canal as part of their involvement in the Considerate Constructors’ Scheme.
They were joined by staff from their development partners, affordable homes and social care provider emh group.
Together with Charnwood Borough Council and emh group, Westleigh are providing 62 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, designated to over-55s requiring day-to-day care and support.
Westleigh’s senior smte Manager Mark Dixon, who took part in the clean-up, said: “As members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme, we feel strongly that our duty as a housebuilder goes beyond bricks and mortar, particularly where the community is involved.
“We do everything in our power to make lasting, positive changes in the areas around our developments, and thanks to this clean-up operation, the residents here in Loughborough will have a pleasant, easily accessible public space open to them, in close proximity to their new homes.
“I’d like to thank all of the staff who got involved and made this a success”.
April Knapp, emh group development manager, who was also present at the clean-up, said: “As a socially responsible organisation, we want our developments to have an impact on the community far greater than providing homes, so we are delighted to have been part of this clean-up project”.
Westleigh is part of the Homes & Communities Agency Delivery Partner Panel on both the Midlands and Northern lots and works closely together with housing associations to build affordable new homes through the East and West Midlands, South Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire.