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Designs for life – Now tell us what you think
Thursday 5th February, 2009

Designs for life – Now tell us what you think
Cllrs Keith Cunliffe and Kevin Anderson launch the Housing Strategy issues Paper with chair of the Housing Partnership Chris Harris at the Leigh Sports Village stadium.

Housing experts with Wigan Council have launched one of the borough’s biggest and most ambitious fact-finding missions ever.

And it’s all about getting residents to look to the future.
The council’s Housing Strategy team this week launched a massive borough-wide survey which will ask residents of all ages and from all areas and social groups what they think the housing situation will look like in Wigan 17 years from now.

The team also wants to know what people think the most important issues will be when it comes to housing and what the council and its partners can do in the years leading up to 2026 to address these issues.

The council has produced a Housing Strategy Issues Paper, which looks at the current housing situation and what may happen in the future.

The consultation was officially launched at the Housing Partnership Conference which took place at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium this week.

Chairman of the Housing Partnership Chris Harris joined Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champions Keith Cunliffe and Kevin Anderson to launch the consultation.

And their message was ‘get involved and have your say’.
Cabinet champion for Neighbourhoods Cllr Kevin Anderson says: “As a borough we face some big challenges for the future in terms of housing and we want to know what people think.

“It is an issue that affects us all, our families and children and this survey offers a great opportunity for people to not only tell us what they think but to actually help influence what happens in the future.”

Some of the issues being looked at include:

* More homes for first time buyers
* Homes that are greener
* Safer neighbourhoods
* More support for older, disabled and vulnerable people to stay in their own homes

Anyone can have their say as part of the consultation exercise and the views will help to formulate the council’s Housing Strategy which is due to be published later this year.

Some of the specific target groups the team would like to hear from include younger people, older people, the homeless or those in supported accommodation and council and housing association tenants.

From there people from all walks of life will be given until Sunday March 15 to have their say.

“We believe that planning for the future is something we can only really do effectively if we work together. That’s why we want to hear from as many of the borough’s residents as possible.

Cabinet Champion for Healthy Communities Cllr Cunliffe adds: “We have made it really easy for people to take part by producing a short questionnaire which should only take a few minutes to fill in. By giving that time you be helping to make a real difference to the future of our borough and making your views and opinions count. I would urge as many people as possible to take part and help us shape the future.”

“Investment in improving the standard of our homes has made them some of the best in the region and now demand for council accommodation is at an all time high along with increases in the number of privately rented homes.”

The Housing Strategy Issues Paper is available on line through the council’s website –
www.wigan.gov.uk/consult/housingstrategy

You can also get a copy by calling 01942 828953.



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