The city council was one of the first civic authorities in the country to build council houses. It continued building for more than 100 years and nationally gained a reputation for excellence.
Today, each housing estate in the city now has its own character and each of them attracts great loyalty from the people living there. The housing estates are a significant part of the city heritage.
But the tenant groups on these estates have largely disappeared following a change of ownership ten years ago. The 10,000
Carlisle council houses were then privatised and taken over by the giant Riverside Housing Association of Liverpool which nationally owns 50,000 houses and is one of the biggest housing associations in the country.
For the next six years the Federation worked with
, as it had previously worked with the city council, and continued to represent tenants and the tenants` groups. Riverside
But this became a lost cause. The co-operation was going nowhere. Tenants` groups on each estate were abolished by
. Riverside also attempted to abolish the Federation. Riverside
But the Federation refused to be abolished. The Federation is now more active than ever. It is very involved with helping communities throughout the city.
At the same time, the Federation is actively campaigning to support the city heritage of 100 years of notable council housing.
The Federation meets at on the third Thursday of every month in the Family Church, Petteril Bank. Riverside tenants and other
Carlisle residents are welcome to attend.
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