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Town hall talks over improving home standards

Coun Gillian Campbell

Coun Gillian Campbell

Plans to extend a scheme to ensure better housing standards in Blackpool are to be debated at a meeting of town hall bosses next week.

A bid to expand the Selective Licensing scheme to the Claremont area will form part of next Monday’s meeting of Blackpool Council’s executive.

It is one of a number of housing-related measures to be discussed at the meeting.

The approval of a new homelessness prevention strategy and extending the town’s local connection policy to homelessness related services will also be debated.

The Selective Licensing proposal follows a 10-week consultation with local residents and landlords.

Council bosses say elective licensing has already proven popular with residents in South Beach where it was introduced in 2012 and its introduction is supported by almost 65 per cent of Claremont residents.

The policy requires all landlords to hold a licence, ensure effective management and keep their property in a reasonable state of repair. Councillors are also asked to approve a new measure in Claremont, additional licensing, which gives the authority further powers to deal with problem homes of multiple occupation.

A document detailing the outcome of the consultation has been published with the agenda and is available at www.blackpool.gov.uk

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council cabinet member for housing, said: “Selective Licensing is extremely popular with residents in South Beach and has resulted in a rise in housing standards and a drop in anti-social behaviour.”

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