Shoreline and Boston Mayflower merger to be debated by the council
Shoreline Housing headquarters in Grimsby
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Sep 2017
The possible merger of two Lincolnshire housing partnerships is set to be debated by North East Lincolnshire Council.
Shoreline Housing Partnership and Boston Mayflower are currently negotiating the possibility of a merger between the two companies in order to create a 12,700 home Greater Lincolnshire landlord, believing that it could create a more efficient and resilient business, with a greater ability to invest in new and existing homes.
Consultations among residents and relevant stakeholders regarding the merger finished on Monday, September 4, and now the proposal is set to be debated by local councillors tomorrow (Thursday, September 21) at a meeting of the Full Council, as they aim to find out just what the merger will mean to the residents of North East Lincolnshire.
The entrance to the Shoreline Housing Partnership premises in Charlton Street, Grimsby
Following the council debate, a meeting of the special cabinet has been organised for Friday, September 22, in order to make a final decision on whether or not the council believes that the merger should go ahead, based on the points that are raised on Thursday night.
Shoreline has said that the merger would mean that residents will continue to see £15 million annual investment for upgrades and home maintenance and safer communities as the organisation works with communities and partners to combat anti-social behaviour and provide, along with increased services as it seeks to provide its own handyperson, warden and community support services.
Five new contemporary homes have been unveiled in Grimsby as Shoreline Housing continues investing in building new properties across the borough
It has also said that in the long term the move could mean an increase in spending capacity, as the organisation gets £50 million more to spend and invest, a repair service running seven days a week, the creation of 60 new homes per year, and there are hopes that an additional 4,000 people will be housed over the next 30 years.
If the merger is to go ahead then it could take place as early as November this year.
The meeting of North East Lincolnshire Full Council will take place at 7pm in Grimsby Town Hall tomorrow, while the meeting of the Special Cabinet will take place on Friday at 2pm in Grimsby Town Hall.
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