Agenda and draft minutes

Housing Board
Wednesday, 16th September, 2020 6.00 pm

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Items
No. Item

1.

APOLOGIES FOR NON ATTENDANCE

Minutes:

An apology for non-attendance was received from Councillor Murphy.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

All members are required to disclose at this point in the meeting or as soon as possible thereafter, any disclosable pecuniary interest or personal interest in any item(s) being considered at this meeting.

Minutes:

There were none

3.

DEPUTATIONS - STANDING ORDER 3.4

(NOTE: The Board is required to receive a deputation(s) on a matter which is before the meeting of the Board provided that notice of the intended deputation and its object shall have been received by the Borough Solicitor by 12 noon on Monday 14th September. The total time for deputations in favour and against a proposal shall not exceed 10 minutes)

Minutes:

There were none.

4.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS-STANDING ORDER 3.5

(NOTE: The Board is required to allow a total of 15 minutes for questions from Members of the public on matters within the terms of reference of the Board provided that notice of such Question(s) shall have been submitted to the Borough Solicitor by 12 noon on Monday 14TH September 2020)

Minutes:

There were none.

5.

HOUSING SERVICE UPDATE pdf icon PDF 95 KB

This report sets out a general update of the Housing service together with proposals relating to the interim Housing accommodation at Walpole Park.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report by the Head of Housing setting out a general update of the Housing Service and requesting that proposals relating to the interim Housing accommodation at Walpole Park be considered.

 

Members wished to acknowledge and give thanks to the Housing Department for maintaining high service levels across their remit during the difficult Covid situation, in particular in the handling of the “Everyone in Scheme” which had created more cases than first expected.

 

Members also wished to thank local residents for their understanding whilst the Pods have been in place.

 

Members were advised that as the 36, currently void, properties became available they would be allocated to the priority cases on the waiting list.

 

Members welcomed the opportunity afforded by the Government scheme to resolve the homeless issue in the Borough, and hoped that working with partnership agencies would be beneficial.

 

Members recognised that the Pods would gradually reduce in number over the coming months, and did not want them to be considered a permanent solution for the homeless, but wanted the facility to remain available if the winter months were particularly harsh, or should a second wave of Covid occur.

 

Members were advised that a leafleting campaign was about to take place aimed at private landlords to encourage them to approach the Council to rent out their empty properties. Also a survey would be available on the website encouraging local home owners to consider renting out their available properties through the Council.

 

RESOLVED:

·         That the Board approves the phasing out of the interim Housing accommodation at Walpole Park together with associated services.

·         That the report of the Head of Housing be noted.