Regenerating The Poets Close Estate

The Poets Close Estate in Rhydyfelin, South Wales has had a recent history of being hard to let due to anti-social behaviour issues. Fly-tipping had been a recurring issue with the insecure bin store areas, resulting in expensive removal costs. Reports of arson, drug use, and physical abuse in the confines of the communal bin and drying areas meant that tenants were not using these facilities correctly due to serious safety concerns.

Working closely with the team at Newydd Housing Association behind the Poets Close Regeneration Scheme, metroSTOR provided expert design and specification advice on waste storage capacity requirements, security of external spaces and ways to increase recycling rates.

Following the metroSTOR PBM Bin Store installations on the Poets Close Estate, only one case of fly-tipping has been reported, and this was successfully prosecuted by local authorities. The Regeneration Scheme has been successful in giving tenants a sense of pride in their homes and helping them take ownership of their neighbourhoods.

The new bin store layout has prevented non-residents from using the area as a walk-through, deterring misuse and reduced associated incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Rachel Honey-Jones, Head of Community Regeneration at Newydd Housing Association commented, ‘The feedback that we’ve had from the residents since the regeneration project has taken place has been absolutely outstanding. All residents now feel safe and secure in their homes and don’t have the fear or worry of fly tipping or any antisocial behaviour on the estate.’

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