Excellence in the Community: High Hazels - Places for People
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High Hazels is a neighbourhood in the former mining village of Huthwaite in Nottinghamshire. Since the closure of the local pits in the 1980s the area has suffered from high levels of unemployment, high numbers of empty properties, poor quality public space, antisocial behaviour and a lack of community spirit and a very poor reputation locally.
In 2009 Places for People, who manage 87 homes in the area, appointed a Community Development Officer to engage with the community to help transform a disused field into a new park and to act as a catalyst to help turn the community around and improve the reputation of the neighbourhood. The project, backed by £235,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Changing Spaces Programme, was part of a £15.6million national programme ‘Green Spaces for People’ which has delivered similar improvements to more than 80 communities across the country.
The unused space at High Hazels was given a complete makeover but the improvements extended way beyond the park. Residents relished the opportunity to get involved in the design and planning process and the project encouraged a new enthusiasm for community organisation and action. One of the houses on the scheme began to be used as a community house. Here a wide range of activities and events took place, and a residents group was set up to help sustain community
involvement in the long term.
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