YOUR HOMES FOR BRITAIN CAMPAIGN UPDATES
Betsy visits the seaside
Tuesday 10 March and Betsy finds her way to Old School Place in Poole – thanks to a very proficient driver (Joe)! This is one of Spectrum’s latest developments which showcases the mix of old and new, bringing life back into a former disused site. Our residents here were very keen to share the difference this scheme has made to their lives:
Luke and Jessica Saunders said, ”It was such a relief to get one of these houses because we were overcrowded where we were and it means that our daughter and two boys no longer have to share. This home has been a real blessing for us.”
Spectrum will be delivering around 2,500 new homes over the next 3 years but we know that it’s still a drop in the ocean when over 439,000 families will need a home over the next 20 years in the south west alone. What we’ve achieved here is to create a mix of homes for affordable rent, shared ownership and private ownership because we know that the need for housing is across all tenures. But we can only achieve schemes like this with local support from the public and the local authority – and we had plenty of it here in Poole.
Betsy’s next stop was at a brilliant social enterprise scheme bTina Partridge
All aboard! Homes for Britain arrives in Newbury
Braving the wind and the rain, a hardy bunch of Sovereign employees took over Newbury’s Market Square on Monday to talk to the public about Homes for Britain.
Earlier in the day, we’d held a photo call at the Newbury Racecourse development. The Racecourse is a brilliant example of how a house builder, housing association and a local authority can work together to build the range of quality homes that meet the needs of the local community.
Finally, we waved farewell to Betsy the Bus as she embarked on the next leg of her journey, to see those lovely people at Spectrum beside the seaside!Sovereign
Sustaining our Rural Villages
Cirencester Housing started the leg of their relay in the beautiful Cotswold village of Bibury, where they are building 11 affordable homes for rent. By bringing the baton to Bibury they hope to highlight the particular rural issue of local people being driven away from their homes by the high cost of housing in the area.Kathryn Sowden
The North East relay hands over to Yorkshire
On Saturday 7th March, the North East region completed their Homes to Britain relay to the rally and passed the key to colleagues from the Yorkshire region.
Over the last week, more than 10 housing associations and their tenants have come together to walk, run and cycle a 180 mile journey from Berwick to Whitby. We’ve highlighted the issues affecting our region and drawn attention to projects that are bringing homes to people desperately in need of them.
The Homes for Britain key will now continue its journey to London, where representatives from the North East will meet up with it once more for the rally on 17th March.Home Group
Selwood Housing – Homes for Britain rally
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Good luck Cottsway!
We’ve handed the key over to Cottsway and wish them the best of luck in the next stage in the Relay to the Rally!Claire Woolham
Homes for Britain rolls into Tewkesbury!
The HomesforBritain campaign came to Tewkesbury this afternoon! Great to see Two Rivers Housing for the key handover!Claire Woolham
We’re more than halfway through the North East relay!
We’re now over halfway through the North East relay to the rally – in an incredible joint effort Four Housing, Bernicia, Isos, Cestria, Home Group, Riverside, Gentoo, Livin and North Star Housing have made their way from Berwick to Hartlepool.
So far we’ve had incredible support from colleagues and tenants, and we’re hoping for more of the same over the next two days as Thirteen and Coast and Country complete the journey to Whitby!Home Group