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News - 12 July 2007

Council seeks your views on housing in the city

A consultation ‘fair’ to help create a new housing strategy for the city is being held over two days this week at the Brighthelm Centre in North Road, Brighton. The dates are Friday July 13 and Saturday July 14 from 10am to 4pm.

It is hoped that residents, community leaders, organisations, people delivering housing services in the city and others will come and share their housing concerns. Workshops will be running throughout each day on subjects such as:

  • housing quality
  • affordability
  • homelessness
  • housing support and health

Developing a new housing strategy is part of a wider review of how the council plans for and delivers housing, homelessness, and housing support services across the city.

The last few years have seen a wide range of improvements. The council’s housing options teams have helped halve homelessness since 2004. Some 6,000 residents are being helped to maintain their independence through the Supporting People programme.

The energy efficiency of local homes is being improved, leading to reduced heating costs for the most vulnerable. And the council’s private sector renewal work helped to improve more than 1,000 homes last year. But high property prices are making home ownership too expensive for many people. Households are still becoming homeless, and around half of the council’s housing stock and some private housing does not meet the government’s Decent Homes Standard.

Councillor Mary Mears, chairman of the council’s housing committee, said: “We want to make sure the new strategy reflects the needs of local people. Brighton & Hove has well known housing problems and it is important for us to find out which of these matter the most to local people.

“With this information we can plan and deliver future services that will help make a real difference in local communities.”

If you are unable to come to the event the council still wants to hear your views. Please contact the Housing Strategy Team on 01273 293055. Or visit their website for a copy of the consultation briefing pack (available from 12 July).

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