Residents are being asked for their views on plans to bring together housing services for the benefit of people living and working in Stoke-on-Trent.
The city council is asking for feedback on the proposal to integrate a number of services with its newly-formed repairs and maintenance company Unitas Stoke-on-Trent Ltd.
Pending the outcome of the consultation, tenants will see an improvement in services and a speedier response for requests as up to 280 council employees transfer to Unitas.
The housing services that would move include:
- Housing management.
- Homelessness, allocations and lettings.
- Private sector housing.
- Housing growth, development and regeneration.
- Enabling and projects.
Councillor Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “We believe there is an opportunity to further improve housing services by bringing these areas together. These proposals will be part of a consultation with councillors, tenants, residents, staff and others. We want to get people’s views on the plans and to keep them involved and updated.
“Bringing together all housing services under one company would make them more efficient and effective, which gives the organisation a sound business structure for the future.
“We want to consider and consult on the potential expansion of Unitas to create improvements to private sector housing and housing management, develop and regenerate areas of the city, and create new housing opportunities, which is all part of making Stoke-on-Trent a great place to live.
“Unitas has already had a hugely positive response from contractors looking to deliver parts of the repairs and maintenance service. This will improve services for residents and provide work for companies in Stoke-on-Trent, helping local businesses to thrive – and we want to build on that success.
“Tenants would still have the city council as their landlord, and their tenancy agreements would not be affected.”
The consultation period is open until June 30. People can make comments via an online form at www.stoke.gov.uk/unitasconsultation.
Alternatively, they can email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of the following information drop-in sessions to find out more:
- Monday, April 23: Burslem Local Centre, 9am to 12pm; and Chell Heath Local Centre, 1pm to 4pm.
- Tuesday, April 24: Blurton Local Centre, 9am to 12pm; and Fenton Local Centre, 1pm to 4pm.
- Wednesday, April 25: Meir Library, 9am to 12pm.
- Friday, April 27: Abbey Hulton Local Centre, 9am to 12pm; and Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre, 1pm to 4pm.
- Monday, April 30: Smithfield, 9am to 12pm; and Norton Local Centre, 1pm to 4pm.
- Tuesday, May 1: Longton Local Centre, 9am to 12pm.
- Friday, May 4: Tunstall Local Centre, 9am to 12pm; and Stoke Local Centre, 1pm to 4pm.
Call the press office on 01782 232265.