It’s been an interesting few weeks for our Regeneration team. We’ve just agreed terms on two properties that were previously sold under the ‘right-to-buy’ programme which we’re now going to be buying back under the new ‘affordable rent’ framework.
I know it’s only two houses, but it feels significant because it will hopefully be the start of many, and it gives us a way of dealing with some nuisance properties on estates, as well as helping to increase the amount of affordable rented homes for families in Bolton who need them.
Unfortunately, although the new development funding is a good thing, every yin has its yang, and it does mean setting up new procedures and processes to deal with this new area of work.
So, I’ve been working with people in other Bolton at Home departments and, as well as Great Places Housing Group who lead the consortium that we’re part of, to get some of that set up.
Bureaucracy is not my strong point so I’ve been having one or two head-scratching moments!
Gwen Crawford – Director of Regeneration