Housing Commission to take evidence on regeneration in Barnet

The Barnet Labour Group Housing Commission will be taking evidence in the New Year on the regeneration of Barnet's council estates, including from non-secure tenants and leaseholders living on Barnet's regeneration estates. The Commission is also interested in speaking to council tenants on Barnet Council's recent proposal to increase council rents to 80% of average market rents.

The meeting takes place on
Thursday 8 January from 7pm -10pm at the Youth Centre of Hendon Mosque, Brent View Road, NW9 7EL, and
the Commission is calling for residents affected by the regeneration of Barnet's council estates to come along and have their say on plans for West Hendon, Grahame Park and Dollis Valley. The Commission will also be hearing from
Andrew Dismore, Labour's Assembly Member for Barnet & Camden and parliamentary candidate for Hendon.

All members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to the evidence. If you would like to give evidence or speak at the meeting on any issue related to the regeneration of our council estates please let us know by booking a 3 minute slot.

This meeting follows three other successful events - a
public engagement launch event that took place on Thursday 20 November at the Crown Moran Hotel in Cricklewood, an evidence session that took place on Monday 1 December at the Rainbow Centre, Dollis Valley Drive, and an evidence session that took place on Monday 8 December at Friern Barnet Library.

Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Alison Moore said: "We want to hear directly from council tenants and leaseholders living on our regeneration estates at our meeting on 8 January.

"Many people feel that they are being let down by the council's regeneration plans and feel that local people won't benefit - it's crucial that we hear from them so we can take their voice to the council and try and get a better deal for them.


"We also know people are struggling financially and we want to hear from council tenants about how the council's plan to increase council rents to 80% of market rents will affect them."


Labour's Housing Spokesperson, Cllr Ross Houston said: "The regeneration plans have changed dramatically from what was originally promised to local residents. If regeneration is not working for the people who live on these estates the council must listen and review the plans to make sure we get regeneration that works for local people.

"Regeneration provides the council with a huge opportunity to build more genuinely affordable homes, if this is not being maximised it will be a completely wasted opportunity."


Notes:


Barnet's Labour councillors have set-up the Housing Commission to look into how Barnet can increase the supply of affordable homes, and help improve standards in the private rented sector.


The Commission is Chaired by
Nicky Gavron AM and is made up of independent housing experts, local community representatives and Labour councillors. You can find out more about our Commissioners here.

The Commission will meet at least six times over the next 8 months, and will be taking evidence from housing professionals, other London boroughs and the local community. The meetings will all be open to the public to attend.


Anyone can submit written evidence to the Commission by emailing office@labour4barnet.com.


For more information about the Housing Commission see:

http://betterbarnet.nationbuilder.com/housing_commission
http://betterbarnet.nationbuilder.com/terms_of_reference

For further details please contact:

Cllr Alison Moore:
cllr.a.moore@barnet.gov.uk

Cllr Ross Houston: cllr.r.houston@barnet.gov.uk

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568
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