Housing Video Sets the Scene
Housing is one of Broxtowe Borough Council’s key priorities so the launch of its new Housing Strategy sees the culmination of many months of work that have enabled the Council to set out its plan for the next five years. Following extensive consultation with residents and others the outline strategy is supported by a new video on the Council’s online YouTube channel.
At the consultation, residents told the Council they wanted the strategy to be easily understood and succinct, so a video has been produced to accompany the written document. Featuring residents and employees, the video was filmed by local filmmaker Laura Turner from Fuzzfox at the Council offices, the Town Hall in Beeston and at retirement living schemes at Lombardy Lodge, Greenwood Court and The Willows
“We have an excellent reputation as a housing provider and we intend to build upon this by raising our aspirations even higher. The success of this strategy depends on close partnership working with our residents, investing in our employees, exploring new financial opportunities and working smarter to improve performance and efficiency, delivering more homes that meet the needs of our residents.” said Councillor Eric Kerry, portfolio holder for Housing at Broxtowe Borough Council.
The Council will strive to ensure that a good quality home is available to all through the Council’s strategic role in housing and in the management of the Council’s own stock.
The strategic role involves regular housing needs assessments, surveys of house stock conditions across all tenures and the identification of social housing needs so the Council can focus on enabling people with differing needs to live independently.
The video and strategy document can be found on the Broxtowe Borough Council website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1566
The Broxtowe Housing Strategy has five themes:
1. Developing people to provide the best possible service
Under the action plan relating to this strategy we will be looking to gain external accreditations as we improve the housing service to top quartile performance in all areas. We’ll do this by receiving and acting on tenant feedback, keeping the structure under review to ensure we have the right skills and capabilities, and ensuring we have robust policies and procedures to ensure tenancy sustainment and excellent service delivery.
2. Developing homes to meet the needs of our residents
We will release surplus land, fully understand affordable housing need in each area, and ensure planning and housing work together to achieve the highest possible delivery of new homes. We will work in partnership to ensure the needs of different groups are identified.
3. Developing communities to achieve their potential
We will encourage tenants to improve their skills, optimise the use of communal facilities for the benefit of the wider community, modernise retirement premises, address fuel poverty through a sustainable regeneration project and help tenants to sustain their tenancies.
4. Developing partnerships to deliver improvements
We will provide a private lettings service to private landlords, bring back empty homes into use, ensure provision of an adequate number of places for people fleeing domestic violence, and use mutual exchanges as an option to enable people’s housing needs to be satisfied.
5. Developing services to an excellent standard
Under this objective we will ensure we re-let properties efficiently, ensure we provide value for money, sell services to other organisations where appropriate, and promote digital inclusion.