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South Lakes Housing (SLH) has completed its ‘promises’ to tenants as a result of a £54 million pound investment into the housing stock following the transfer of homes from South Lakeland District Council five years ago. The company will celebrate its 5th year anniversary on the 5th March.
The independently run local housing association was set up in March 2012 following a positive ballot of tenants who voted overwhelmingly in a ballot for the former council properties to be transferred to SLH. As part of the change in ownership, the new landlord protected tenants’ rights and tenants were promised investment in their homes and services including bringing them all up to the government’s ‘decent homes’ standards. The Tenants’ Committee have been at the forefront of monitoring the delivery of the ‘promises’ ever since and will next week ‘sign off’ the successful delivery of the programme.
The association has exceeded its targets and points to a range of successes including;
John Holmes, Chairman of the SLH Board said “The end of the 5 year promises marks a successful and important milestone in our history. Tenants have received the investment that they were promised all those years ago and this is despite some significant economic challenges which we have operated within. We have been able to invest more, build more and recruit more.
We are now looking forward to the future and there are exciting times ahead including increasing our new development programme to over 250 new homes and undertaking repair services to other housing associations. The Board is currently recruiting new voluntary non-executive board directors to help us achieve our growth ambitions and we are particularly looking for directors with high level commercial/management experience and those with expertise in finance, treasury, commercial and/or housing development and asset management”.
Cath Purdy, Chief Executive said “I am absolutely delighted that our Board, Tenants’ Committee, staff and partners have been able to deliver what we promised to tenants and the Council back in 2011. I am proud to lead such a great team which I know is well-respected within the South Lakeland community”.