Cumbria

South Lakeland council tenants approve homes transfer

Council tenants in South Cumbria have approved plans to transfer ownership of their homes to a housing association.

South Lakeland District Council has said rental revenue no longer covers maintenance and improvement costs to its housing stock.

A public vote was held and 84% of those who responded agreed to a takeover by South Lakeland Housing, which already manages the properties.

It is claimed this will lead to a £38m investment over the next five years.

There was a 66% turnout to the ballot, with 2,503 people taking part.

Once formally agreement is given at a council meeting on 27 November, the move is subject to the approval of the Secretary of State.

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