On Saturday 30th December the results of a ballot on the Fullers Slade estate showed overwhelming support for change.
On a 65% turnout the following change options were supported:
- Option 3 – 209 votes 55%
- Option 2 – 61 votes 16%
Option 1, the ‘no changes’ option, gained 110 votes. This was 29% of the 280 voters.
Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, said at the ballot count: “I am pleased that 71% of residents voted for change.This is a great result for the residents of Fullers Slade, though we now need to ensure the supporters of option One become part of the next stage of renewing and improving Fullers Slade. Residents need to come together to make the decision happen. Everyone needs to work together.”
Supporting Option 3 means:
- Refurbishment of 220 Council houses to a higher than ‘Decent Homes’ standard
- 58 new Council houses to replace properties that are no longer improvable
- 188 ‘truly affordable’ new homes (mix to be defined)
- 105 new private homes for sale
- 18 new replacement private homes for people currently home owners.
Cllr Nigel Long continued:“I am pleased residents have supported Option 3. Not only will it address the housing improvement challenges, but it will see:
- Extension of the spider park
- New roads and pavements
- Improved refuse facilities
- Improved landscaping
- A new family/nursery centre around a re-modelled core to the estate.”
The cost to the Council’s Housing Account of option 3 is estimated to be £84 million. This cost will be included in the HRA Business Plan that covers the next 30 years. The surplus on that account in 30 years is predicted to be £277 million after the cost of Fullers Slade regeneration.
Cllr Long concluded: “I was delighted to have been on Fullers Slade with residents at the announcement of the ballot. But I need to put praise where praise is due.Without the amazing work of Sylvia Ayres and her Resident Steering Group the result would not have been possible. They highlight what amazing people live on Fullers Slade. I am committing the Council to do all in its power to turn their ballot result into new and improved homes and to building a stronger community. Well done to the residents. Really great!”