A significant environmental improvement scheme is to take place at council homes in Walton.
The work is to be carried out at three blocks of three-storey flats in Grove Avenue starting next month and phase one will be finished by mid-August.
Tendring District Council (TDC) wants to deliver a better quality living environment at the location and the programme is being overseen by Ingleton Wood of Colchester.
The first phase involves installing security doors with entry control to all communal areas; upgrades to communal staircases and balcony walkways; replacing handrails and balustrades to improve the appearance of the areas as well as safety.
New closed circuit television cameras are also being provided to reduce the potential of, and deter, anti-social behaviour.
The contract for the first phase of the programme has been awarded to Abacus Build Ltd of Nayland.
Nigel Brown, Tendring District Council’s Communications Manager, said that the upgrade will begin in the middle of May.
"Once the three phases are completed it will provide a safer, better place for our tenants at this site in line with the Council’s objectives to deliver high quality affordable homes for residents," he added.
"There will also be new faciltiies created for children to help promote healthier lifestyles."
The second phase will include knocking down a number of garages and store sheds which will provide the room to create a multi-use games area (MUGA) which will have fencing and lighting.
Some new garages and a store will be built and the refuse collection area will be moved away from the front entrance of the flats.
The final part of the scheme will be landscaping to the front as well as general redecoration.