Rally to promote housing crisis starts in Whitby

Staff members from Yorkshire Coast Homes (YCH) are running and cycling from Whitby to York as part of a nationwide campaign to end the housing crisis within a generation.

The Relay to the Rally sees buses, bikes, running shoes and walking boots hitting the road from all around Britain to Westminster, in time for the Homes for Britain rally on March 17.

In Yorkshire, housing associations will hand over the baton to one another at various points with the opening leg leaving from Whitby.

The relay will be launched tomorrow (Saturday) at Raithwaite Hall and runners will be putting their best foot forward on Sunday when they leave the Coliseum, led by Yorkshire Coast Homes’ chief executive Shaun Tymon.

It starts at 9.30am from Whitby Coliseum and finishes at Scarborough Crown Tavern around lunchtime

Over the coming days the relay will continue via Malton, York, Leeds, Dewsbury and Huddersfield before heading across the Pennines to Congleton on 12 March where it heads south.

Leeds will also welcome a group of cyclists and walkers from Burnley via Shipley.

The housing organisation believes that the housing crisis on the East coast is driven by shortages of affordable housing, a problem exacerbated by high second home-ownership which often prices local people out of the home buy market

There are around 2000 people on Yorkshire Coast Homes’ housing register and the organisation aims to deliver 1000 new properties by 2020.

Mr Tymon said: “With this in mind we believe leadership from our political parties and decision makers is essential and would ask everyone to pledge support for the Homes for Britain campaign by visiting the website at http://homesforbritain.org.uk/