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Hackney LBC has transferred four groups of housing stock, more than any other local authority in the country. ...
Hackney LBC has transferred four groups of housing stock, more than any other local authority in the country.

The latest result comes after more than 80% of tenants living on the Kingsland, Whitmore and Haggerston cast their vote with the Electoral Reform Ballot Services, with a final 59% opting for to a transfer to Canalside Housing Partnership, established by Metropolitan Housing Trust and Community Housing Association.

Other parts of Hackney who have agreed to transfer are - Clapton tenants living on the Northwold, Southwold, High Hill and Wigan House estates to Clapton Community Housing Trust; tenants on the Kingsmead Estate to Kingsmead Homes and tenants in South Hackney living on the Morningside, Old Gascoyne, Old Kingshold and Shore estates to Sanctuary Housing Association.

Subject to the agreement by Hackney LBC and the secretary of state, the results of the vote paves the way for the transfer to go ahead by March 1999.

Once the transfer has gone ahead, a£42.5m estate improvement and modernisation package, which includes job and training opportunities for local people, will get underway.

Electoral Reform Ballot Services announced the result as follows:

Total eligible tenants 644

Total votes cast 515 (80%)

Tenants in favour 301 (58.6%)

Tenants against 213 (41.4%)

Total eligible leaseholders 71

Total votes cast 50 (70%)

leaseholders in favour 39 (78%)

leaseholders against 11 (22%)

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