Press release from North Kesteven District Council 19 January 2012
A reign of terror has ended for neighbours of a Sleaford man who will be evicted from his flat following a catalogue of anti-social and criminal behaviour.
A case was brought to Lincoln County Court on January 17, 2012 by North Kesteven District Council following a joint operation between the authority’s housing and ASB teams and Lincolnshire Police to bring to an end the nuisance suffered by neighbours in the town centre flats.
The Court awarded the Council an immediate possession order enabling it to evict the tenant, who was also ordered to meet the £750 costs of the legal action.
In the year since last February there had been 97 reported incidents including persistent loud noise and music, visitors shouting and swearing, abusive language, damage to the property and affray.
The case was brought to a conclusion in the courts because his behaviour did not improve despite repeated efforts of lower-scale intervention.
Cllr Stewart Ogden, who has Executive oversight of housing matters at North Kesteven, said: “The Council has a number of tools for managing nuisance inflicted by tenants on neighbours and the wider community and, as a signatory of the RESPECT standard of Housing Management, does not hesitate to robustly enforce the terms of the tenancy to ensure a safe and peaceful life for others.”
A sense of social responsibility should be one of the things that every family teaches its children by the way they act towards others. There is no excuse for anyone inflicting unhappiness on others.
How many times have you heard "they should do something about that....", well here they have, the only problem is the timescale and the possible creation of a homeless individual who may cost the state more in housing than presently. But what should we do? Let us have your thoughts.
NKDC Awarded for Rural Housing
Press release 5 September 2011
North Kesteven District Council has received an award its commitment to enabling and building affordable rural housing for district residents.
The District Council has been awarded the National Housing Federation’s Committed to Rural Housing Award, to celebrate its achievements recognise its ongoing commitment to enabling rural affordable housing
The National Housing Federation’s Committed to Rural Housing campaign aims to stop the decline of rural areas in England by campaigning to raise awareness about housing needs, with an action plan for new affordable houses.
The Council has developed a robust approach to identifying rural housing needs undertaking surveys of rural communities, and working in partnership with Parish Councils and Registered Providers to build affordable housing in rural communities for the benefit of local people.
Additionally the Council is building 46 new council homes; four of which are of straw – the first in the country for tenants.
North Kesteven District Council won a total of £2.4 m through three rounds of funding from the Homes & Community Agency. This will be matched by NKDC and in total this will deliver 46 new Council houses in areas of identified need.
All 46 homes are being built to satisfy the rigorous tests of Level 4 of the Code of Sustainable Homes and all are architecturally designed to fit in with their locality.
Their addition to the housing stock of 3,800 council-operated homes means that for the first time in decades the property portfolio available to tenants is increasing.
North Kesteven District Councillor Stewart Ogden, Executive Board Member for Housing, said: “The District Council is absolutely delighted to be part of the Committed to rural housing and recognised by the National Housing Federation for its commitment to delivering rural housing.”
Affordable rural housing is one of the key elements that must be addressed if we are to achieve a realistic level of rural sustainability. Whilst these achievements are welcome we need to do so much more to ensure that our young people don't feel that they have to move to towns or cities. Better still that they believe that after college or having been away to university that there are real economic reasons to return to their roots.
NKDC lets see you doing even more and setting an even higher standard for others to follow.
NKDC recognised for sustainable house builds
Press Release North Kesteven District Council 30 November 2011
North Kesteven District Council has once again been recognised for its dedication in sustainable home building at the Royal Town Planning Regional Awards 2011.