Pop-up shop launched to showcase stock transfer
Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Communities
The launch of the pop-up transfer shop
A pop-up shop showcasing the benefits of a proposed housing stock transfer in Salford has opened in the heart of the city.
Salix Homes has opened an outlet in the old Timpsons shop at Salford Shopping City in Pendleton for residents to find out more about the transfer, which will bring about a £75 million investment in homes and communities in Salford within the next five years.
Earlier this year the Government gave the green light for Salford City Council to proceed to a ballot of all tenants over plans to transfer 8,500 council-owned properties in Central Salford to Salix Homes.
The ballot is expected to take place this autumn when all tenants will be able to decide on the future of their homes.
Employees at Salix Homes will be on hand in the shop to answer any questions tenants may have about the transfer. Examples of improvements to homes, such as new kitchens and bathrooms, will also be on display, so tenants can see the kind of benefits to their homes transfer will bring.
There will also be a series of competitions, giveaways and fun, family activities held in the shop for residents to get involved with.
Sue Sutton, chief executive at Salix Homes, said: “This is a very exciting time for all our tenants as they prepare to make a very important decision about the future of housing in Salford.
“We know our tenants have a lot of questions about what the transfer will mean for them, so before they take to the polls we want to make sure they have all the information they need to make a decision and are aware of all the benefits transfer will bring.
“I would urge any tenant who wants to find out more to pop in and see us at the shop where they will be able to speak to a member of the team and have a look at the kind of improvements we will be making to homes if the transfer goes ahead.”
Salix Homes currently manages the properties on behalf of the council, but the local authority does not have the money to make the necessary improvements and bring all the homes up to modern standards.
If tenants vote ‘Yes' to transfer, Salix Homes would become a stand-alone, not-for-profit Registered Provider and has promised to invest £75 million on improving people's homes and communities by 2020.
Improvements will include 4,000 homes getting new kitchens or bathrooms, 2,000 homes getting new windows and 3,000 homes getting upgraded heating within the first five years of transfer.
Cllr Gena Merrett, Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment, said: “This pop-up shop is good news for residents. They can get all of their questions answered and find out more information about a very important choice for their future.”
The pop-up shop will be open throughout the summer and is open Monday-Friday from 9am till 4pm, and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.