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Orbit staff spring into action for community clean up

Twenty staff from across Orbit armed with 65 litres of paint, a bundle of brushes and a wheelbarrow of tools, came together to clean up Chiltern Court in Rushden.

From painting fences to clearing rubbish, sweeping the streets and clearing back overgrown bushes, an army of volunteers from 39,000-home housing association Orbit, spent a day away from the office to help give Chiltern Court a much-needed makeover.

Chiltern Court has had issues with anti-social behaviour, drugs and gangs and is now a place where people feel safe and proud to live thanks to the tireless efforts of Orbit’s housing team and local partners over the last seven years.

The team from Orbit was supported on the day by East Northamptonshire Council – Community Safety, East Northants South Police Safer Communities Team and Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Waitrose in Rushden also pitched in and helped keep the team going by donating lunch and refreshments.

Housing Officer, Elaine Bradshaw, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped volunteer at Chiltern Court. A scheme once over run with drugs, gangs and violence is now a thriving community, where families feel happy and safe thanks to the hard work of our team and partners.”