Posted by: Closed Circuit15/06/2012
This week’s Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester is bringing back happy – if hazy – memories for those housing pros of a certain vintage.
The last time Kevin Beirne, care and support director at One Housing, set foot in the Manchester Central venue was for a Happy Mondays gig more than two decades ago. But Kevin’s links with the pied pipers of Madchester go back even further to when Shaun Ryder borrowed his Zippo on a night out in the Hacienda. The lighter still has pride of place on the Beirne mantelpiece, but he wouldn’t be drawn on exactly what the famously religious, teetotal singer lit with it.
Some good news this week for Shelter policy officer Robbie de Santos, who has revealed on Twitter that he is to become a homeowner.
Closed Circuit has been somewhat touched in recent weeks as Mr de Santos turned into his own case study. Typical tweets include: ‘I do love London, but rent is so stressful. Places go so quickly, you feel so hopeless’. Thankfully, due to his job, Mr de Santos has presumably been able to advise himself successfully in his times of greatest need.
Mr de Santos’ experiences also come at a useful time for Shelter which, as readers of this magazine will know, has been involved in a disagreement with housing minister Grant Shapps about whether private rent levels are rising or falling. ‘Only handed in my notice last night and my flat is up for grabs – £40 a week increase in rent,’ Mr de Santos tweets. Case closed.
Surprise at the Closed Circuit offices this week as Welsh landlord RCT homes sent through a photo of two burned-out homes under the caption ‘pioneering proposals for Penrhys’.
Now Closed Circuit has been impressed by a few pioneering proposals in its time but even it thought RCT’s plans were a tad too dramatic. Thankfully, on closer inspection it was discovered that the pictures didn’t represent its plans for the area and that, according to the association, the development ‘isn’t that bad any more’.Closed Circuit is pleased things are heading in the right direction.
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