Soho residents can have their say on housing regeneration via Facebook
By poppy_smith | Sunday, September 16, 2012, 12:24
New Facebook pages which will enable residents to voice opinions on a housing regeneration scheme have been launched today by Westminster City Council.
The pages, which are believed to be a national first, have been set up by the council as a way of involving as many people as possible in the discussions around the Housing Renewal scheme.
Residents and local traders will be able to have their say on the works and ask questions of the council which will be responded to publicly.
It will also allow residents to use the page to talk to each another about the programme, and also discuss any other issues within the local community.
Cllr Jonathan Glanz, Westminster City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Property, said:
"These Facebook pages show how we are embracing the digital age to provide a new platform for our residents to talk with the council about regeneration, but also for residents to view discussions and get the latest on the programme.
"Our housing renewal programme is focused on improving lives with better quality homes, fostering engaged communities on our estates and creating new jobs and educational facilities here in Westminster.
"We are committed to talking with the local community about how they would like to see this regeneration take place, and this new page will provide another way in which we can do that."
The Housing Renewal Programme, is focused on regenerating five estates in Westminster, which include Church Street, Ebury Bridge, Paddington Green Estate, Tollgate Gardens and Westbourne Green Estates.
Under the proposals, out-of-date homes will be demolished and replaced with newer, more modern homes.
Each estate will also see an increase in the number for affordable and social housing it provides.
On each estate, residents vote on whether they want the works to go ahead or not, and have a say on what the scope of the plans should be and which architects should be chosen for the works.
The first works are expected to begin in 2013 at the Tollgate Gardens Estate.
Following the completion of the works, the Facebook page will remain as a local community page.