Scarborough Council leader Steve Siddons announces new affordable homes project across the borough

Scarborough Council leader Steve Siddons has announced a Decent Homes for Affordable Rent project.

Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 11:57 am
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 11:59 am
Cllr Steve Siddons. Picture by Richard Ponter

The project is part of the Building a Better Borough initiative, which launched earlier in the month and promised a "complete overhaul" of the council’s approach to boosting services and the well being of all residents and businesses in the borough’s towns.

Early in the new year Cllr Siddons is set to launch details of the Council’s negotiations with three partners over the Decent Homes project which will come to Full Council for approval.

The Council has been negotiating with two registered social landlords and a private provider on schemes to deliver decent and affordable homes for rent and to buy.

Cllr Siddons said: “For too long, there have been over 2000 people on the Housing Waiting List and that has not changed significantly for a number of years.

"This is not acceptable to have Scarborough, Whitby and Filey people without decent affordable homes of a high standard.

"This was a key promise in our Manifesto and we have made it a priority.

"Early in the New Year we will be announcing the partners that we will be working with and the innovative approach we are taking for land provision.

"We can then start tackling the lack of decent homes that the Borough has presided over for too long.”

The Building a Better Borough initiative has five key aims at the heart of it:

- Putting residents back at the centre of consultation and decision making

- New partnerships to develop the local economy and jobs

- New partnerships for better homes.

- New support for staff in a “Pride in our People” project

- The opportunity for all councillors to be involved on their residents’ behalf in all key decisions