Tameside neighbours to get star ratings from landlord

Thirty-two areas across Tameside are receiving a star rating as part of a plan to tackle anti-social behaviour, crime and unemployment.

Social landlord New Charter Housing is rating neighbourhoods from three to five stars with each area having its own plan to improve the locality.

The housing association said it is the first in Greater Manchester to adopt this approach.

Residents have backed the scheme to upgrade their districts.

Emma Wilson, New Charter's director of communities, said: "We are looking forward to redefine all of our neighbourhoods.

"Being rated three star doesn't mean that they are poor neighbourhoods, it means they are good neighbourhoods which need investment.

"We did our research by talking to our partner agencies and tenants - we don't have any one or two star areas."

New Charter said it would be work with partners such as the police and the council and tenants to work out what each area needs to improve.

Dave Pinnock from Stanhope, one of the New Charter estates in Audenshaw, said the housing association had already improved life on his estate and the new rating system will only make things better.

"I wouldn't live anywhere else now - you can walk down the street now and its is safe," said Mr Pinnock, a member of the Audenshaw Community Association.

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