Housing stock transfer vote moves closer
PUBLISHED: 10:52 18 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:56 11 May 2010
THE PROSPECT of a vote on council housing stock in South Cambridgeshire being transferred to a private company has moved a step closer. South Cambridgeshire District Council has agreed the broad principles of what should be in the offer to transfer from t
THE PROSPECT of a vote on council housing
stock in South Cambridgeshire being transferred
to a private company has moved a
South Cambridgeshire District Council has
agreed the broad principles of what should
be in the offer to transfer from the district
council to its tenants.
These principles include affordable rents
that will be no higher than they would be
with the council, a fast and "by appointment"
repairs service, and more tenant
involvement in decision making.
Cllr Simon Edwards, portfolio holder for
housing at the district council, said: "Serving
the interests of our tenants is key to the
whole Housing Futures project.
"With council supporting cabinet's backing
for transfer and the principles of the
offer we're to make, I'm tremendously
excited that tenants can really start to see
what benefits transfer could bring."
The principles are the result of extensive
consultation with tenants and stakeholders
who the council says "have been placed at
the heart of the decision-making process",
through tenant and leaseholder groups and
forums and a specially set-up transfer advisory
They are now being worked on in more
detail as the council prepares to put forward
the full offer to tenants in the new year.
Cllr Edwards said: "I'm sure our sheltered
housing tenants will be pleased to hear
about increased resources for their homes
and gardens, while the prospect of a faster
repairs service and a commitment that rents
would be no higher than they would be with
the council will be welcomed by all our tenants."
The housing transfer can only take place if
the majority of tenants who vote give their
backing in a ballot. The final version of the
offer document will be distributed to all
secure tenants before they are asked to vote.
A full list of the principles agreed can be
viewed on the district council website;
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