Workers hope to Make a Difference for tenants

COUNCIL tenants see their community get a spring clean this week.

Workers from the Colchester Borough Homes Make a Difference team will be out in force on Thursday to clean in Gateacre Court, Bensusan Court and the Rayner Road area in Shrub End and Christine Chase in Prettygate.

The work, which includes a general clean up as well as making specific improvements, will take place between 8am and 3pm and will be carried out by volunteers, councillors and representatives from GO4 Enterprises and Essex University.

Residents will also be encouraged to combat antisocial behaviour.

Karen Loweman, Director of Housing at Colchester Borough Homes, said: “These days are designed to make real improvements in local neighbourhoods.

“By building relationships with our tenants we can help to support our local communities and encourage a sense of pride in where they live.

“I would encourage anyone interested in taking part in any of our tenant activities to come along to one of our Make a Difference days and speak to a staff member.”

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9:21am Tue 22 Apr 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Imagine, just for a second, if the people that live there actually cleaned it up.

I know, I know. It's a radical suggestion.........
Imagine, just for a second, if the people that live there actually cleaned it up. I know, I know. It's a radical suggestion......... Ritchie_Hicks
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9:56am Tue 22 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

everything handed to them on a plate including low price rents, solar panels, central heating and new kitchens, they have no worries with repairs, which is included in the rents, what a joke! and the humor is on us.
£90 per week or so = £360 a month where the house next door bought on the right to buy, is up for £750 a month.
now they are cleaning the f*****g streets up for them.
less is more Boris really not for social housing tenants.
everything handed to them on a plate including low price rents, solar panels, central heating and new kitchens, they have no worries with repairs, which is included in the rents, what a joke! and the humor is on us. £90 per week or so = £360 a month where the house next door bought on the right to buy, is up for £750 a month. now they are cleaning the f*****g streets up for them. less is more Boris really not for social housing tenants. A Very Private Gentleman
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10:23am Tue 22 Apr 14

catflap1 says...

I don't often agree with Richie _Hicks ... but just this time
I don't often agree with Richie _Hicks ... but just this time catflap1
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10:42am Tue 22 Apr 14

super waluigi says...

It's a good idea. Lots of decent people have to live amongst not so decent people and all in a very close, small area. Generating pride on estates is important.

I am not too sure on the other comments on here.
A very private...... What does new kitchens and solar panels (for some people) have to go with an effort to improve things for everyone????
It's a good idea. Lots of decent people have to live amongst not so decent people and all in a very close, small area. Generating pride on estates is important. I am not too sure on the other comments on here. A very private...... What does new kitchens and solar panels (for some people) have to go with an effort to improve things for everyone???? super waluigi
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12:50pm Tue 22 Apr 14

PROOFREADER says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
everything handed to them on a plate including low price rents, solar panels, central heating and new kitchens, they have no worries with repairs, which is included in the rents, what a joke! and the humor is on us.
£90 per week or so = £360 a month where the house next door bought on the right to buy, is up for £750 a month.
now they are cleaning the f*****g streets up for them.
less is more Boris really not for social housing tenants.
Not all tenants of Colchester Borough Council live in nice properties with new kitchens, bathrooms etc and solar panels on the roof. I am a council tenant and do not have any of those things. In fact the property I live in is worse than many of the properties on Homes Under the Hammer before they have had work done to them. Trying to get repairs done and done properly is a joke.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: everything handed to them on a plate including low price rents, solar panels, central heating and new kitchens, they have no worries with repairs, which is included in the rents, what a joke! and the humor is on us. £90 per week or so = £360 a month where the house next door bought on the right to buy, is up for £750 a month. now they are cleaning the f*****g streets up for them. less is more Boris really not for social housing tenants.[/p][/quote]Not all tenants of Colchester Borough Council live in nice properties with new kitchens, bathrooms etc and solar panels on the roof. I am a council tenant and do not have any of those things. In fact the property I live in is worse than many of the properties on Homes Under the Hammer before they have had work done to them. Trying to get repairs done and done properly is a joke. PROOFREADER
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8:49am Wed 23 Apr 14

romantic says...

At what point did living in a council house become such a stigma? I grew up on a council estate in the 70s, and it was absolutely the norm: all the families were working, and rent was paid to the council. When the right to buy came in, the money raised should have gone to building more. Then young families could be paying £360 a month (or whatever it is) rather than £750 a month.

Now it is classified as "social housing" and seen as a mark of failure - but the result is that many people are living at home into their late 20s and 30s, and then having to pay through the nose because so many properties which would be good for first-time buyers are already snapped up by the buy-to-let brigade.
At what point did living in a council house become such a stigma? I grew up on a council estate in the 70s, and it was absolutely the norm: all the families were working, and rent was paid to the council. When the right to buy came in, the money raised should have gone to building more. Then young families could be paying £360 a month (or whatever it is) rather than £750 a month. Now it is classified as "social housing" and seen as a mark of failure - but the result is that many people are living at home into their late 20s and 30s, and then having to pay through the nose because so many properties which would be good for first-time buyers are already snapped up by the buy-to-let brigade. romantic
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7:47am Thu 24 Apr 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

romantic wrote:
At what point did living in a council house become such a stigma? I grew up on a council estate in the 70s, and it was absolutely the norm: all the families were working, and rent was paid to the council. When the right to buy came in, the money raised should have gone to building more. Then young families could be paying £360 a month (or whatever it is) rather than £750 a month.

Now it is classified as "social housing" and seen as a mark of failure - but the result is that many people are living at home into their late 20s and 30s, and then having to pay through the nose because so many properties which would be good for first-time buyers are already snapped up by the buy-to-let brigade.
yes a fair post and comment i can sympathise with that in some way.
my mum and did split up and i ended up in social housing in 1977; dad kept the private place.
the council house was a s**t hole and the other choice they offered us was worse. mums been there for over over 30 years paying rent then bought the place with her life savings it cost £100k. double bubble for the council there.
there are some tenants who know how to work the council and get everything done for them, there are many others like my mum who is a bit slow that get f**k all done for them. it all depends on how much a squeaky cog you are in the system.
you are quite right about the buy to let mob. they cant get their money in the bank on rates at 1% so new builds like wimpy are flooded with the grey rinser rich, who then let out to tenants knowing they get a top up from the state.
once again the old **** brigade win hands down. nice pensions nice income.
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the young need to be given a break and all """social housing"""we are not allowed to call it anything else.... needs to be sold to them at the discounted rates they got back in the early 80's....ie 44% of a house and 66% of flats dependant on how many years they had in rented housing including military service.
its got to be subsidised by the taxpayer in this way rather than paying out to the grey rinser RACKMANITES;
it is far better to give someone a home off our backs collectively in a leg up, than paying out in housing benefit top ups in rent to greedy speculators that are so tight with their money ans paranoid about their future in old age. they wont go out ans spend and buy new cars and have holidays, that is the only way the country will get back to productivity by consumption and the post war baby boomers have all the money.
[quote][p][bold]romantic[/bold] wrote: At what point did living in a council house become such a stigma? I grew up on a council estate in the 70s, and it was absolutely the norm: all the families were working, and rent was paid to the council. When the right to buy came in, the money raised should have gone to building more. Then young families could be paying £360 a month (or whatever it is) rather than £750 a month. Now it is classified as "social housing" and seen as a mark of failure - but the result is that many people are living at home into their late 20s and 30s, and then having to pay through the nose because so many properties which would be good for first-time buyers are already snapped up by the buy-to-let brigade.[/p][/quote]yes a fair post and comment i can sympathise with that in some way. my mum and did split up and i ended up in social housing in 1977; dad kept the private place. the council house was a s**t hole and the other choice they offered us was worse. mums been there for over over 30 years paying rent then bought the place with her life savings it cost £100k. double bubble for the council there. there are some tenants who know how to work the council and get everything done for them, there are many others like my mum who is a bit slow that get f**k all done for them. it all depends on how much a squeaky cog you are in the system. you are quite right about the buy to let mob. they cant get their money in the bank on rates at 1% so new builds like wimpy are flooded with the grey rinser rich, who then let out to tenants knowing they get a top up from the state. once again the old **** brigade win hands down. nice pensions nice income. - - - the young need to be given a break and all """social housing"""we are not allowed to call it anything else.... needs to be sold to them at the discounted rates they got back in the early 80's....ie 44% of a house and 66% of flats dependant on how many years they had in rented housing including military service. its got to be subsidised by the taxpayer in this way rather than paying out to the grey rinser RACKMANITES; it is far better to give someone a home off our backs collectively in a leg up, than paying out in housing benefit top ups in rent to greedy speculators that are so tight with their money ans paranoid about their future in old age. they wont go out ans spend and buy new cars and have holidays, that is the only way the country will get back to productivity by consumption and the post war baby boomers have all the money. A Very Private Gentleman
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