Re­gion’s hous­ing chiefs unite

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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.” ●

Gareth Jones

Liver­pool City Re­gion’s Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram with chief ex­ec­u­tives of the re­gion’s hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions

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