Roadshows start on possible housing transfer 


A series of roadshows start next week to inform tenants and residents about proposals to transfer Bolton’s housing stock.

The consultation is being carried out to give the public the opportunity to find out what the process and benefits of transferring 18,200 council homes to a new-style Bolton at Home would mean.

Bolton Council’s Executive gave the green light last month (January 18) to begin consultation on a possible stock transfer with plans to hold a ballot in summer.

In total 94 roadshows have been organised in different locations and areas all across Bolton, over the next five weeks. All tenants are being sent information about roadshows taking place in their local area.

Residents will see samples of kitchen units, tiling, flooring and worktops which they may get to choose from if the transfer went ahead and their kitchen was renewed. Officers from the council and Bolton at Home will be on hand to answer any questions.

The first event takes place in the Deane area, starting on Monday (February 15) finishing with a roadshow in Blackrod on Wednesday, March 24.

If the transfer goes ahead then £288m of housing debt should be written off and £124m would be invested in housing stock and improving estates over the next five years.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “We want to give tenants and indeed every resident of Bolton the chance to find out what the proposal to transfer the housing stock means for them. This is not a plan to just ‘give away’ housing without getting any benefits in return. If the housing was transferred to a new-style Bolton at Home, millions of pounds would be invested in homes, in improving bathrooms and kitchens, but also in carrying out physical works to the estates people live on. Ultimately, as I’ve said all along, these are people’s homes and they will decide. I would urge people to attend one of the roadshows being held in their area to find out more.”

For more information on the housing transfer proposal and a full road show timetable please see the link, on the right hand side.

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