THE state of council housing in Ellesmere Port has sparked a war of words between leading politicians. DAVID NORBURY reports
A REPORT to the former Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council suggested that in one option, the cost of bringing the council's 5,681 properties up to decent standards would be £327.3m over 30 years.
This was equivalent to £57,616 for each home.
At the same time, it was thought the former council could have received as little as £689 per home had the properties been transferred.
The average rent paid was £57.61p per week.
In 2003, the Government set a target of 2010 for all council housing to be brought up to decent homes standard by 2010.
It was estimated that between 40% and 50% of the council's stock would be “non decent” by 2011.
Councillors were told in 2008 the condition of the borough's housing was suffering as a result of insufficient funds.
The Audit Commission reported that insufficient progress was being made towards meeting the decent homes standard.
In 2008, there was a meeting between the shadow Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Government Office for the North West to discuss the issue of Ellesmere Port housing.
Cheshire West and Chester Council has been required by the Government to reconsult with tenants on the long term future of the housing stock.
An independent tenant advisor has been working with tenants to explain the options in detail, their effects and to establish the option tenants would prefer.
This is due to report at the end of this month or in early August.