Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Oxford City Council is investing over £3.68 million in the current financial year to improve its housing stock and residential estates.
75 households at Townsend Square in East Oxford will benefit from an ongoing £800,000 refurbishment programme to repair balconies, provide additional car parking space, new bike storages and bin stores.
In keeping with housing and fire safety regulations, residents will not be permitted to use the communal areas to store or dispose of their belongings or rubbish. The new bin stores will be provided for each block and will be located as close as possible to the entrance of the flats. The new bike sheds will allow residents to store their bikes in a secure and dry place at ground level.
New car parking spaces will resolve a longstanding parking shortage at the square. The new parking spaces will be placed in the green spaces in the centre of the square and will be for all residents.
Under the ongoing ‘Investing in Barton’ regeneration scheme, the council is spending £1.4 million in the current financial year to improve the exterior of the blocks of flats on the estate, improve the street scene by knocking down old garages and storage areas, and providing new car parks.
Mike Rowley, board member for housing, said: “Oxford City Council has continued to own, manage and invest in its council housing; we are among the 166 out of 326 local housing authorities in England to have retained their housing stock. Government policy has made that more and more difficult to achieve – nonetheless we have continued our capital investment programme. Over the next four years we expect to invest in the region of £180 million on capital works, maintenance, new build and house purchase.”
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