In practice this means a whole-town, joined-up approach to regeneration involving public, private and third sectors as well as individual residents businesses and traders. The regeneration of Barry is more about adding value so that progress is sustainable and at the same time truly cements its place in the region.
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It is easy to think about the housing crisis as if it were a single and relatively crude problem of just too few homes. In many ways this is readily understandable and easy to communicate, to paraphrase Bob Geldof, ‘just build the #[email protected]*% homes!’ And at one level, this is true. However, the reality is much more complex and messier, making it easy for policy makers to focus on one dimension and offer a single solution.
Two years on from when the builders and bulldozers moved in, there is a feeling that real, long-term regeneration is happening in the Anfield neighbourhood.
Changes affecting the wider housing sector also affect community-led housing providers; loss of properties through the Right to Buy, coupled with the proposed rent reductions, threaten the viability of business plans and reduce the borrowing potential needed to build new homes.
Marks Out Of Tenancy is a website set to launch at the end of 2015, where a picture of the rental market is offered through the eyes of the tenant.
Batmanghelidjh’s determination to put her services users first was laudable and in no way atypical of the sector. But what about her customers; the many organisations that gave money in return for something they could consider a sound return on their investment?
Government has made an offer, and I believe local authority political leaders should positively embrace the English devolution and decentralisation programme. They should do so boldly and without hesitation but on terms that work for their place and citizens.