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HACKNEY TENANTS VOTE FOR HOUSING ASSOCIATION TRANSFER

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Residents of four Hackney LBC estates have voted in favour of a transfer to a new registered social landlord. ...
Residents of four Hackney LBC estates have voted in favour of a transfer to a new registered social landlord.

The majority of residents - 63% - on the Morningside, Old Kingshold, Old Gascoyne and Shore estates said yes to Sanctuary Housing Associaton as a new landlord.

A total of 916 votes were cast by secure tenants on the estates and returned to Electoral Reform Ballot Services.

Subject to the agreement of Hackney LBC and the secretary of state, the result clears the way for the estates to transfer to SHA by March 1999.

A£34m estate modernisation package, which includes job and training opportunities for local people, will get underway when the transfer is completed.

David Thompson, Hackney LBC's director of estate management and development, welcomed the decision.

Mr Thompson commented: 'This was a very big decision for residents and we are very grateful for all the time and effort they have put into making this proposal work.

'We look forward to continuing to work with residents and Sanctuary Housing Association.

'We want to ensure that this positive result is translated into equally impressive movements to the estates,' he added.

Notes

The result was as follows:

Tenants in favour - 63%

Tenants against - 37%

Spoilt ballot papers - 11

Total number of votes cast - 916 out of a potential 1,236

PADDINGTON PARTNERS COUNCIL RESIDENTS IN STAMFORD HILL

Council tenants in Stamford Hill have chosen Paddington Churches Housing Association as their preferred management partner for the next seven years.

The new partnership will pave the way for PCHA to take responsibility for radically improving housing services provided to tenant and residents in Stamford Hill as from May 1999.

The finer details of the partnering agreement will be negotiated over the next few months in consultation with tenants and leaseholders.

As well as housing management, PCHA will also take a lead over contracts covering repairs, maintenance, caretaking and development.

PCHA were chosen through a rigorous tender and evaluation process in which tenants and leaseholders played a major part. Four organisations were shortlisted but in the final selection eight of the twelve tenants and residents associations chose PCHA.

Jane Frost, chair of the Seven Blocks Tenants and Residents Association, said: 'We liked PCHA because of their experience. We need a change and partnering gives us much more say in how our homes are managed.'

David Thompson, Hackney's director of estate management and development, welcomed the decision.

He said: 'We are confident that this partnership will have significant long-term benefits for residents, with improved services, best value for repairs and maintenance, improved cleaning and close resident involvement in monitoring performance. We're very much looking forward to working with PCHA.'

Notes

1.Partnering is a vital component of the council's best value strategy. It aims to harness the best of public, private and voluntary sector expertise by creating a partnership to take over the local authority's housing management functions for a seven year period.

2.The other organisations shortlisted were Circle 33, New Islington Housing Association and Hyde Housing Association.

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