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SECOND LIVERPOOL STOCK TRANSFER APPOINTMENT FOR RIVERSIDE HOUSING

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Riverside Housing has been chosen as a preferred landlord in Liverpool's ...
Riverside Housing has been chosen as a preferred landlord in Liverpool's
biggest ever transfer of housing stock - for the second time.
Riverside Housing, which is already the preferred landlord in the southern
zone of the Eastern Fringe Estates, has now been appointed to oversee the
Dovecot and Deysbrook area - known as the central zone.
The appointment means Riverside has replaced Liver Housing Trust to take
forward the£197m stock transfer proposals for the 4,000 central zone
properties.
The decision to appoint Riverside was jointly made by the residents steering
group and Liverpool City Council. An information leaflet has been sent out
to all residents announcing the appointment.
Staff from Riverside Housing have also met with the Dovecot and Deysbrook
Steering Group and other community representatives to explain their
involvement.
Their first task will be to set up a new housing association - called
Berrybridge Housing - to deliver the investment. Riverside is in the process
of registering this name with Companies House as a subsidiary company.
Richard Kemp, Liverpool City Council's executive member for
housing, said: 'It has been the city council's policy to involve residents
every step of the way in the decision making process.
'The appointment of Riverside is a pleasing one because it means this stock
transfer remains on course and it leaves the residents in the hands of
experienced people.
'Community involvement is of paramount importance to this transfer.
Crucially, Riverside have already shown in the Southern Zone that they share
this commitment.'
Riverside Group chief executive, Deb Shackleton, said: 'We're really pleased
to have been selected and look forward to working with residents - both to
identify the issues that need to be addressed and to hearing their views on
possible solutions.
'We really believe our experience and resources, together with the
commitment of local people, can deliver a brighter a future for Dovecot and
Deysbrook.'
Residents are expected to vote on the Eastern Fringe stock transfer in the
autumn.
NOTES
Liverpool City Council officially lodged its bid in March with the
government to transfer more than 40% of it's entire housing stock in a£300m regeneration programme.
The bid involves 14,182 homes, which are situated in what is known as the
Eastern Fringe of Liverpool. The zone is split into three areas - North,
Central and South.
The Eastern Fringe Estates proposal, which will be funded by public and
private money, seeks to radically improve the quality of 10,000 homes for
rent and create 3,500 new properties for owner occupiers and tenants.
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