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Get involved and share your views as Colchester Borough Homes announces next Make a Difference Day and launch of new online consultation

Published: 20 July 2017


Colchester Borough Homes' (CBH) Make a Difference (MAD) Day will be at Dansie Court and Compton Road, St Anne's on Wednesday 27 July from 9.30am until 3.00pm. This is a great opportunity for those in the local community to come along and get involved in tasks such as ground maintenance, trimming of overgrown hedges and shrubs, weed removal and use of a skip which will be provided. CBH also intend to carry out minor repair works, such as repainting parking lines and carrying out repairs to brickwork, fencing and gates.

CBH staff will also be available at the MAD Day Hub, located at a central point. This Hub will enable tenants and local community members to drop by, enjoy free refreshments and chat to members of staff as well as take part in its newly launched consultation.

CBH's new strategic plan consultation: Your Views, Our Future, is designed to put customers at the heart of everything it does, the survey runs from 19 July - 31 August at

Commenting on the launch of the survey, Gareth Mitchell, Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Homes said, "Behind the scenes we are making a plan for how we will change as a company over the next five years to overcome some of the challenges facing us and to support the services we provide to our customers.

"It is really important that we are clear on our priorities so we are able to get the most for the money we spend and to protect services. To help us get the balance right we want to know how our tenants and leaseholders feel about some big issues and what matters most to them."

Cllr Tina Bourne, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Public Protection added, "MAD days are a great way for our staff, stakeholders and tenants to collectively work together to carry out tasks which will make a difference to local communities. These events are always popular and we would encourage people to get involved whether it be volunteering for specific tasks, visiting the Hub for a coffee and a chat on the day or feeding back vital information to our staff. Of course, we recognise that some people aren't free during the day so the new online consultation will enable them to put their views across and help us shape future projects."