Region’s housing chiefs unite
HOUSING associations serving Halton have signed a memorandum of understanding with Liverpool City Region (LCR) metro mayor Steve Rotheram.
Among the 19 chief executives to meet with Mr Rotheram to formalise their involvement and agreement to work collectively were Nick Atkin, of Halton Housing Trust, and Barbara Spicer, who is not only the boss at Plus Dance but is also a mayoral advisor to Mr Rotheram and chairwoman of the LCR housing association group.
A Plus Dane spokeswoman said the homes groups will have two places on the combined authority’s housing and spatial planning board, chaired by Liverpool City Council’s deputy mayor Ann O’Byrne, and comprised fron housing portfolio holders from each of the six districts; Halton, Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral.
Two housing chief executives will join the board, one being Miss Spicer and another to be appointed.
Mr Rotheram said: “I am committed to bringing as much of the city region’s experience and expertise to the table as possible.
“In terms of housing I started this by appointing Barbara Spicer as my mayoral advisor for housing, so the obvious next step was to find a way to bring all of the associations together to contribute to and support the work of the housing and planning board.” ●
Liverpool City Region’s Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram with chief executives of the region’s housing associations