A vote on the proposed transfer of Bolton Council’s housing stock starts tomorrow (Friday, July 2).
The council has been consulting with tenants, since January, about a proposal to transfer the ownership of its 18,200 homes to a new-style Bolton at Home.
If the transfer goes ahead it would mean £124 million is invested in homes and improving estates over the next five years, a £1.2 billion package of home improvements over the next 30 years, and £288 million of housing debt should be written off.
Council tenants have already had 28 days to look over an offer document which was sent out in May and includes details of the housing transfer.
Ballot papers were posted out yesterday (Wednesday, June 30) by the independent organisation Electoral Reform Services (ERS). The ballot is run in total separation from both the council and Bolton at Home.
Tenants can vote by freepost, online, by text or by phone, and all the details about how to vote are on the ballot paper. Tenants will have 28 days to reply before the voting period ends at noon on Friday, July 30.
The transfer will only go ahead if the majority of tenants vote ‘yes’ in the ballot.
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “I’d urge every tenant to use their vote and take this opportunity to influence the future of housing in Bolton. Every vote is vital and we want the highest turnout as possible. There are so many ways to vote, from texting to voting online, making it as easy as possible for people to vote. I’ve said all along that ultimately it’s the tenant’s decision and we will honour the wishes of tenants expressed through the ballot, whatever they may be.”
The result of the ballot will be announced on July 30 and letters will be posted out to tenants after this date.
For more information about the ballot, tenants can call ERS on 0208 889 9203.