The proposal for the Community Housing Trust was developed by Kingston Federation of Residents and adopted by Kingston Council last year.
The Council is proposing of setting a Community Housing Trust to give you more control over Council housing services and how your money is spent. A CHT can focus all its time, resources, knowledge and expertise on one just thing – the provision of better housing. A CHT will concentrate all its effort on delivering high quality, responsive housing services.
CHT would be an independent, not-for-profit company wholly owned by the Council especially set-up to manage and deliver housing services. The big difference would be that the housing service will be jointly managed by a Board (made-up of elected tenants, leaseholders councillors and independent advisers – residents would be the largest group on the board).
It is important to be very clear that a CHT is not the same as a private landlord and it would not involve any change of ownership of your home. The Council will retain the housing stock and you will remain Kingston’s tenants and leaseholders, with all the same rights you currently hold. The resident-led CHT will decide how best to manage and deliver services.
In a nutshell:
- The CHT is not about changing who owns your homes
- The CHT means improved services that residents want to see
- The CHT will not change your rights as a tenant or as a leaseholder
- The CHT will be run by Kingston residents for Kingston Residents
- Rents will not be affected
- It is not a stock transfer
- The CHT will be more efficient than the Council
A CHT needs Government approval before it can delivering housing services, and the Council is required to show a majority of its residents’ support the CHT. There is no ballot because, unlike stock transfer, the Council continues to be your landlord, and you remain Council tenants and leaseholders.
If you want to find out more please read on.
You can pledge your support to the Trust.
In January 2015, Woking Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee requested an investigation into the process and actions taken by the Council with regard to the Sheerwater Regeneration Project in response to local residents’s requests.
Following a report submitted to Full Council on Thursday 12th February, members agreed to establish an independent scrutiny panel.
The overarching responsibilities of the Panel, known as the Independent Sheerwater Scrutiny Panel (ISSP), are to:
- investigate and review the process and actions taken by the Council in respect of the project
- make appropriate recommendations to the Council arising from its investigation.
- 19 January 2015 – Following requests from local residents, Woking Borough Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee requested an investigation into the processes and actions taken by Woking Borough Council in respect of the Sheerwater Regeneration proposals.
- 12 February 2015 – Full Council agreed the request for a review and established the Independent Sheerwater Scrutiny Panel (ISSP), comprising of Claire Storey (Co-Opted Independent Member of the Council) and Tim Stokes (Woking Borough Council’s Independent Person).
- 20 February 2015 – Appointment of a third member of the panel, Michael Graham, the Monitoring Officer for Spelthorne and Reigate and Banstead Borough Councils.
- 2 March 2015 – Start of the Scrutiny Review.
- 16 March 2015 – Public meeting in the Wells Room at H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre, Church Street East, Woking, GU21 6HJ at 7pm. This outlined the Scope of the Review, Terms of Reference, Review Timeline and Call for Evidence.
- 16 March to 1 May 2015 – Call for Evidence submission period.
- 1 June to 5 June – Public Scrutiny Hearings.
- 22 October 2015 – Panel Chair, Claire Storey, to present the Scrutiny Review’s findings to Full Council for consideration and publication of the Review.
The timeline is subject to change and it will be updated as and when new information becomes available.
TIMELINE UPDATE (12 May 2015): At the start of the Review process, the Panel were advised that the next formal step to be taken by Full Council in relation to the Sheerwater Regeneration Project would be taken on 21 May 2015. The decision timetabled for discussion is whether or not to allow New Vision Homes to submit a planning application to the Planning Authority. The Panel has now been advised that this decision will not take place at the meeting on 21 May, but it is expected to be brought to the meeting of Full Council on 9 July 2015. This change does not affect the Panel’s own timetable and the Panel’s report will still come before Full Council at its meeting on 22 October 2015.
To find out more about “Public Hearings reminder and extension of response deadline” click on the Council link.
The Final Masterplan Proposals Exhibition took place at Bishop David Brown School on 21st and 22nd March. If you were unable to attend or would like a second look at the Proposed Masterplan Video you can view it by clicking below
PPCR Associates (PPCR) has been engaged to provide independent advice to residents affected by the proposed regeneration of Sheerwater. As an Independent Advisor, our role is to provide support and advice to residents during the proposed regeneration of Sheerwater. We will ensure that you have access to the independent advice and support that you need according to your own individual circumstances, to help you through the complexities and decisions you might experience should the regeneration of Sheerwater go ahead.
The Council and New Vision Homes have recently sent you a copy of the Sheerwater Community Charter, which set outs a number of commitments and proposals to residents living within the regeneration area.
Social housing tenants and homeowners will have received specific Community Charters relating to their tenure. The Charters provide a number of specific commitments and proposals relating to how the regeneration will affect their homes. There is a 28 days consultation period during which residents will be able to provide comments on proposals and commitments made in the Charters. Responses are due by 12 February 2015. PPCR is able to support you in getting your views and comments collated and fed-back to the Council. You are invited to attend a small meeting at which we will explain the content of the Charter, provide advice on the commitments made, and clarify any points that are unclear.
We’re holding a number of meetings over the next few weeks. These meetings are by invitation only. This is so that they’re small and give everybody the chance to air their views and ask questions. We will be running further meetings at a later date to accommodate residents who cannot attend their planned meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, please call PPCR on Freephone 0800 317 066 or email us at email@example.com
PPCR (Public Participation Consultation & Research) is accredited by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as an ‘approved person’ to act as an Independent Residents Advisor. PPCR has over 25 years experience in providing independent advisory services for residents and communities that are involved in housing and community regeneration schemes. PPCR is registered under the Data Protection Act. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call us on Freephone 0800 317 066 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org