A councillor who worked tireless for 14 years helping to improve housing conditions in and around Skegness has been deeply saddened by a housing association’s plan to centralise its operations miles away with potential for 60-70 losses in the area.
Coun Mark Anderson, spoke during last Wednesday’s Skegness Town Council meeting, explaining it was with a ‘heavy heart’ that New Linx Housing Trust had proposed to move it operations to Solihul.
Coun Anderson spoke about the background of East Lindsey District Council selling off its housing stock to New Linx for £40-50 million.
He explained that there were not enough properties for people and stated there was a 12-14 year wait for council property, which had resulted from ‘the right buy’ council properties.
East Lindsey then made a new partnership with New Linx Housing.
Coun Anderson explained how New Linx had lost money and merged with Waterloo Housing. He feared that the relocation would be detrimental to the Skegness residents. “I fear this step is backwards, I fought hard,” he said.
Councillor Phil Kemp put forward a motion to ask the town council for New Linx to reconsider its decision.
The town council will write to ELDC, New Linx Housing and Waterloo Housing to clarify the details.