Aug 22 2011

Housing changes – Have your say at a roadshow near you

Harrow Council is calling on residents to help it shape and plan the borough’s housing service for the future starting with a series of out door roadshows that have now hit the streets.

Following a number of proposed changes to the housing sector by central government, the council has launched a campaign to involve and speak to as many residents as possible to get their views on how the borough should respond to the changes.

The ‘Housing Changes’ roadshow kicked off with a novel pop-up kitchen complete with table, chairs and teapot. It will continue to visit estates, town centres and local supermarkets until the end of September. Staff will be armed with information on the many proposed changes in the form of a new booklet – Housing Changes – what do they mean for Harrow?

The booklet has been produced by the council with the assistance of local residents to explain the complex changes being proposed within the sector and to ask their opinions and views. It asks residents to give the local authority their opinion on how it should manage changes including the length of tenancy for new council tenants, how it allocates council homes and who should get priority as well as the future development of affordable housing and shared ownership schemes.

“I think these roadshows are a great idea. They are a good way of letting people know what is going on. I have just got a copy of this new booklet too which I will be reading properly later.” – Henry Gilmour, South Harrow resident.

Portfolio holder for housing, Councillor Bob Currie said:

“Like all other London boroughs we are facing huge changes in housing. It is my intention that these changes are worked on with the community and that Harrow residents have a genuine say in the future of our borough. We have great community spirit in Harrow and I want to make sure that this is retained and strengthened despite outside pressures.

These summer roadshows are just one way residents can have their say. We have an opportunity to build great communities for the future, but this can only be done with the input of our residents. I am committed to making it easier for them to get involved.”

Upcoming roadshows featuring the pop-up kitchen and new housing changes booklet:

  • Tuesday 30th August from 11am to 2pm -Wealdstone Town Centre (near Wealdstone church)
  • Thursday 1st September from 11am to 2pm South Harrow (Northolt Road near Family Eye Care)
  • Saturday 3rd September from 1pm to 4pm, Harrow Town Centre (Outside St George’s Shopping Centre)
  • Tuesday 6th September from 11am to 2pm at Rayners Lane Tube Station

The roadshow and housing information will also visit the following Tenant and Resident Association meetings in September: Kenmore Park, ELTRA, Grange Farm and Kingsfield.

If you would like to have your say and get involved in the Harrow conversation on housing contact: 020 8416 8623 or email housingchanges@harrow.go.uk

Source: Harrow Council

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