Dates for residents’ vote on the future of South Kilburn announced
21 August 2019
Dates for an upcoming residents' ballot in South Kilburn have been announced, with the community set to confirm if it continues to support its regeneration.
Residents who are eligible to vote will receive a voting pack in the post from Electoral Reform Services, the independent body who are managing the ballot, by Friday 20 September and can cast their vote straight away by post, online or telephone.
The voting period will last for three weeks, with all votes having to be received by 5pm on Monday 14 October. The result will be shared with residents by post by Monday 21 October.
The award-wining regeneration is already halfway towards creating 1,400 brand new council homes, helping to address the major housing shortage in the borough. The plans will also improve the neighbourhood as a whole, with new community facilities including a health centre, parks and open spaces.
This week the landlord offer, which explains what eligible residents stand to gain from the regeneration plans, is being published.
Council tenants, and those in temporary accommodation, will be offered a brand new high quality home in South Kilburn, or elsewhere if they prefer, that is the same size or bigger than their current property. They will also receive £6,400 as a home loss payment plus all moving expenses paid for.
Resident leaseholders will receive market value for their property plus a 10% home loss payment and all moving fees and expenses paid.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning, said: "More than 600 families have already benefitted from a new high quality, suitably sized home in South Kilburn. The South Kilburn masterplan, which was developed alongside the community, is the best way of creating a safe, diverse neighbourhood for all generations, making sure that 1,400 more local families get the modern, comfortable homes they deserve."
The ballot will be the ninth of its kind in the capital since Mayor Sadiq Khan introduced new rules giving residents the final say on major regeneration projects.
The regeneration programme in South Kilburn has won numerous awards including RESI Development of the Year for 2018 and Best Design at the 2018 National Housing Awards.
Recently the Carlton & Granville development, which is part of the regeneration programme, won two prizes at the New London Awards for architecture - celebrating the best new buildings in the capital.
Residents can get dedicated advice as a leaseholder, council tenant or household in temporary accommodation by emailing email@example.com or coming along to an upcoming drop in session which will take place Craik Court Community Room, Craik Court, Carlton Vale on:
- Tuesday 3 September, 5-7pm
- Thursday 12 September, 11am-1pm
- Saturday 21 September, 11am-1pm
- Wednesday 25 September, 5-7pm
- Tuesday 1 October, 5-7pm
- Wednesday 9 October, 5-7pm.
Residents can also get free, independent advice from Communities First by ringing freephone 0300 365 7150 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org