City Council has defended its plans to transfer its 20,345 council houses into the private
The plans have met with objection from the action group Defend Coventry Council Housing
Campaign who claim that it will lead to higher rent charges and less availability for
However Cllr Peter Lacy, chairman of the housing policy team believes the initiative is
the only way forward.
"To get our stock of housing up to the standard that I would crudely describe as
fit for my mum to live in will cost around £250 million pounds, and this is
the best way to finance that.
"This has been described as us selling off assets but that is not the case at all.
We have actually set-up our own bespoke housing company which will have a committee
comprising of councillors, residents and independents so it will be done properly.
"It will be a non-profit making organisation and will be infinitely better for
residents who live in the stock of houses because they will all be brought up to
And the councillor is convinced that DCCHC is not taking into account the views of
residents when objecting to the scheme.
"The DCCHC think that the government should find the quarter of a billion pounds
to work on our stock of houses, but we have to be realistic and that is not going to
"When you think we are just one of the cities in the country with this problem and
there are other, like Manchester, that probably need four times that amount then it is not
practical to ask it all to be funded centrally.
"Stratford Council has done a similar thing and it has been a great success, you
only have to ask the residents there and they will tell you how much better off they
Coventry City council will now present a full report to the government and then put a
proposal to residents in late October, and if successful the whole scheme would be in
place by March 2000.
The new housing company would be called the Whitefriars Housing Group, with
subsidiaries looking after different areas of the city.