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Our Longridge & Shaw Heath

Longridge and Shaw Heath are great places to live. Situated to the east of Knutsford  town centre, Longridge is a neighbourhood of 350 homes including young families and older people. A quiet residential community, Longridge is relatively close to neighbouring Knutsford, although public transport links are poor which can cause issues for local residents.

Great Places owns and manages most of the homes on Longridge and is committed to long-term investment in the neighbourhood, including the Welcome Café and community centre, which delivers a wide range of activities and opportunities for local people.

Opportunities

  • Community assets including the  Welcome Café and Community Centre
  • Strong partnerships with local schools, Cheshire East Council and local residents
  • Plenty of green space including St Johns Wood and playing fields
  • Support from local businesses and employers
  • Developing a digital offer to better connect Longridge and Shaw Heath residents

“There’s been a reduction in bus services and times are far apart in between buses”

“It would be good to have more activities for children and young people”

“I’m happy with the area, I wouldn’t change anything about it”

“There are lots of speeding cars which is dangerous – we would like to see speed bumps installed.”

Challenges:

Economic impact of a decade of government cuts

Higher than average tenancy turnover

Poor physical infrastructure and transport links, limiting customers’ access to services

Customer concerns about community safety

Our Vision:

To help make Longridge and Shaw Heath great places to live. This means meeting the housing needs of local people and creating connections for residents to services and opportunities in both the community and the surrounding areas.

Objective one: People

We will connect local residents with work and skills opportunities, as well as providing other services  for families, young people and older people.

Objective two: Place

Deliver high-quality neighbourhood management services and work with partners to provide opportunities for digital connectivity.

Objective three: Partners

To build on existing partnerships with local residents, businesses, and other key groups to bring investment and services to Longridge and Shaw Heath – and keep them there.

Objective four: Homes

Our property is your home. We will ensure that customers in Longridge and Shaw Heath have support, if needed, to look after their home and invest through planned improvements to ensure we maintain high standards.

“We will connect local residents with work and skills opportunities, as well as providing other services for families, young people and older people.”

Our commitment:

  • The most important asset in Longridge and Shaw Heath are the people who live there. That’s why we are committed to services that are designed and delivered by local community groups and residents, focusing on and building on their strengths.
  • Our Community Investment team is committed to investing in Longridge and Shaw Heath with a dedicated team helping Great Places customers to access work, training and volunteering opportunities.
  • Great Places provides quality homes to meet the needs of our customers and it’s possible that these needs change over time. Our Independence and Wellbeing services will support Longridge and Shaw Heath customers in challenging situations, from identifying suitable housing options to access to our Tenancy Coach Service, helping you to manage your tenancy.

“Deliver high-quality neighbourhood management services and work with partners to provide opportunities for digital connectivity.”

Our commitment:

  • We will build on our relationship with the Welcome Community Centre to develop services that meet the needs of Great Places customers.
  • We will respond to consultation feedback from customers and work with Cheshire East Council to explore opportunities to improve transport links.
  • We will pilot initiatives to get customers on Longridge and Shaw Heath more digitally active, and develop a programme of training and learning to support this.
  • Community safety is really important to customers living in Longridge and Shaw Heath, we will continue to work alongside the local police to manage anti-social behaviour.

“To build on existing partnerships with local residents, businesses and other key groups to bring investment and services to Longridge and Shaw Heath – and keep them there.”

Our commitment:

  • At the heart of the community, Great Places works with the Welcome Centre where dozens of services and projects are delivered each week. We will continue to develop this relationship, supporting the delivery of services that help local people to progress and thrive.
  • We will build strong relationships with community and statutory organisations to draw resources and support into Longridge and Shaw Heath to complement our existing offer.
  • We will continue to develop relationships with key stakeholders at Cheshire East Council, schools and community groups.

“Our property is your home. We will ensure that customers in Longridge and Shaw Heath have support, if needed, to look after their home and invest through planned improvements to ensure we maintain high standards.”

Our commitment:

  •  We will provide a clean and well-maintained home as a stable foundation for your life and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing it will remain yours for as long as you want it.
  • We ask you to take responsibility for looking after your home. We will provide you with support, if needed, to do this – including making it easy for you to report repairs online. Your Neighbourhood Service Manager will be based in your community and will have the tools and resources to make sure you receive the highest service standards.
  • We will continue to invest in Longridge and Shaw Heath homes with our programme of planned improvements and make regular routine inspections so we can see what might need completing in future, such as replacing windows and doors, kitchens, bathrooms, boilers and roofs.
  • We will play our part in tackling the housing crisis by responding quickly to opportunities to build new homes in and around Longridge and Shaw Heath.

Get involved

We are serious about our commitment to Longridge and Shaw Heath and the customers who live in our homes, so we will keep you up-to- date with how we are doing – but we want to hear from you, too.

If you would like to access employment and skills or tenancy support, you can contact us directly to find out more, or ask your Neighbourhood Services Manager for advice.

You can also get involved in helping to shape Great Places’ services and provide feedback.
You will benefit from free training, work experience and the opportunity to develop new skills that will enhance your CV for future job opportunities.

There will be opportunities to meet a wide range of people from Great Places’ communities. In addition, you will get to see how your feedback and input helps to improve our services for the benefit of you and other customers.

Any relevant travel and carer expenses will be covered where needed. Contact us to find out more.