The consultation on whether to bring housing services back in house finished on Friday 20 December and a final decision will be made by Councillors in February 2020.
Council homes are currently looked after by East Kent Housing on our behalf. They carry out safety checks, manage repairs, collect rent etc.
Earlier this year we discovered serious problems with a range of safety checks at some properties looked after by East Kent Housing. We are sorry if that caused you to worry.
We are pleased to say we have made an enormous amount of progress in fixing those problems.
To make sure the same thing does not happen again, we have asked a range of experts to look into what went wrong.
We have also looked at how we should manage our council housing in the future.
We have come up with four options:
Option 1: Keep East Kent Housing and improve the way they work
Option 2: Close East Kent Housing and create a team at each council to look after your home
Option 3: Close East Kent Housing and work with nearby councils to look after your home
Option 4: Ask an outside organisation such as a housing association to look after your home
We think Option 2 is the best way forward which means closing East Kent Housing leaving council staff to look after your home instead.
The advantages and disadvantages that we see of each way of doing things is explained in this information sheet.
We want to know what you think about our proposal and would ask you to spend a couple of minutes taking part in our survey.
Consultation will run until Friday 20 December. Councillors will then consider all the feedback received and make a decision on the best way forward early in 2020.
If you want to find out more or have a chat about our proposals before making up your mind, we are holding some drop-in events:
- Monday 28 October, 11.30am to 2.30pm: The Meeting Room, The Guildhall, Sandwich, CT13 9AH
- Saturday 9 November, 11am to 2pm: The Ark, Noah’s Ark Road, Dover, CT17 0DD
- Monday 18 November, 4pm to 7pm: Aylesham and District Community Workshop Trust, Ackholt Road, Aylesham, CT3 3AJ
- Tuesday 19 November, 11.30am to 2.30pm: Betteshanger Sports and Social Club, Cavell Square, Deal, CT14 9HN
If you need any help or support, please contact us at email@example.com or on 01227 868 580.