HOUSING: Odd U-turn at County Hall

County Hall, Morpeth.
County Hall, Morpeth.

I commend Northumberland County Council in its efforts to save money, but how strange to put forward the plan to revert to in-house running of the housing stock.

Some years ago, I was a council tenant when it was decided to instigate the arms-length Homes For Northumberland (HFN).

Many, if not most, were content with the status quo, but it went ahead anyway, in order to save council money.

Now magically, it seems the reverse is true.

Immediately before the handover, a flurry of repairs and improvements took place in order to bring properties up to standard.

Now, guess what, there is a plethora of HFN vans everywhere. Barresdale is being re-roofed while here in Shilbottle, Farne Road had new kitchens and Lee Avenue sports new, white-frame double-glazing.

The Haven had new TV aerials and appears to be undergoing a series of repairs, for example.

Eileen Woodward,

Haven Meadows,

Shilbottle