HOUSES FOR SALE
AND A COMMUNITY
Selling off a couple of former council houses is no big deal for a giant housing organisation owning more than 50,000 homes.
But for neighbouring homes in Botcherby Avenue Carlisle and for other homes in the Botcherby area of the city, the sale means the loss of two valuable community assets.
|Number Two Botcherby Avenue|
One of the houses- number 2 Botcherby Avenue- has been a community meeting place for about half a century, many years before the healthy living initiative. It was known then as BRAG House.
When the healthy living initiative closed a few months ago the Liverpool-based Riverside Housing Association put the houses up for sale.
|Number Nine Botcherby Avenue|
The Federation campaigned a few months ago about Riverside in neighbouring Petteril Bank depriving the community there of similar facilities in Welsh Road.
The Federation is also very concerned about the Riverside sale for another reason- the loss to the Botcherby community of what were once two social houses.
A Federation spokesman said:“Riverside should never have closed these two Botcherby Avenue houses in the first place.
|Coun. Betton....more social housing|
“These days people often struggle to pay food bills, never mind finding £100,000 for a house or even a deposit for a mortgage,” said a Federation spokesman.
The Federation view is shared by Botcherby councillor Robert Betton who continues to campaign for more social houses for rent. More than 400 Botcherby people signed his recent petition supporting social housing.”The people of Botcherby want social housing”, he says.
The Federation will continue to campaign against Riverside`s policy of privatisation and sale of the city `s 6500 former council houses which it took over ten years ago.”The Riverside organisation is neither properly accountable nor transparent in its dealings. It has questions to answer but will not answer them,” said a Federation spokesman.
Community Voice Carlisle is the blog of Carlisle Tenants` and Residents` Federation. Information about the Federation is contained in the first post of this blog, dated March 25 2013.