Back­ing for YCH merger

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Scar­bor­ough Coun­cil has backed the merger of York­shire Coast Homes with a Teesside­based hous­ing provider.

At its meet­ing on Mon­day the full coun­cil backed the pro­posal for the reg­is­tered so­cial land­lord to join with Coast & Coun­try.

York­shire Coast Homes (YCH) man­ages ap­prox­i­mately 4,500 prop­er­ties along the North York­shire Coast while Coast & Coun­try has a cur­rent rental stock of more than 10,500 homes, the ma­jor­ity in Red­car and Cleve­land.

The au­thor­ity had to de­cide whether to back the merger that day as, due to a change in the law, it would lose its vot­ing con­trol of YCH when the change came into force the fol­low­ing day.

Cllr Vanda In­man (non­group in­de­pen­dent) called on mem­bers to de­lay a de­ci­sion for fur­ther re­ports into the mat­ter to be pre­pared. No other coun­cil­lors sup­ported her pro­posal.

Cllr Bill Chatt said: “The chief ex­ec­u­tives and chair­men of both groups came to scru­tiny and an­swered ques­tions for more than two hours, that was open to all coun­cil­lors to at­tend.

“The in­for­ma­tion [on the merger] had been made avail­able to any­one who wanted it.”

The mo­tion was passed to sup­port the pro­posed merger, which could hap­pen in Oc­to­ber, with only Cllr In­man vot­ing against.

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