Tag: Cllr John Lines

Double whammy: council wins national housing awards

By on 10/11/2011 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council's housing department continues its winning streak by adding another two prestigious national award to its collection.  The City Council's house building programme – Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BHMT) – won the top prize of Outstanding Achievement in the UK, making it the best-of-the-best in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.  The council […]

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“Housing cheats beware” warns cabinet member

By on 09/11/2011 in News with 1 Comment

Housing fraudsters will be tracked down and called to account says Cllr John Lines, Birmingham's Cabinet Member for Housing.  The warning comes on the back of the Council's new anti-fraud campaign – Blow the Whistle on Housing Cheats – launched today (Thursday 10).  The campaign has been created to clamp-down on housing fraud by encouraging […]

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New retirement housing project

By on 03/11/2011 in News with 0 Comments

Residents at Saxon Court in Northfield have been presented with a plaque to commemorate the official opening of a development for older people by Birmingham City Council and its partners. Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing at Birmingham City Council, representatives of Housing 21, the Homes and Communities Agency and Willmott Dixon all attended the […]

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Birmingham leads the way in home swap initiative

By on 01/11/2011 in News with 0 Comments

Birmingham City Council's housing department is leading the way as a landlord partner in a home swapping scheme. The Home Swapper scheme, a national web-based service for tenants of social landlords, is the largest service in the UK assisting tenants to exchange homes. The service is free to City Council tenants. The City Council has […]

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Tenants encouraged to get ready for winter

By on 06/10/2011 in News, Winter Alerts with 0 Comments

Council house tenants in Birmingham are being reminded to give the winter weather the cold shoulder this year by making sure their central heating works now. Severe weather conditions over the past two years and the associated problems with hundreds of frozen 'condensate' pipes – which drain outside rather than inside the home – stopped […]

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Birmingham council tenants bloom in floral competition

By on 05/10/2011 in News with 0 Comments

Fantastic floral efforts by gardeners and flower growers across the city have been rewarded at a ceremony in the Council House for the Birmingham in Bloom 2011 competition. Around 40 council tenants and leaseholders - all winners in their own city districts - and guests attended the ceremony where Cllr John Lines, Birmingham City Council's […]

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Council homes selling ‘off plan’ in Sheldon

By on 28/09/2011 in News with 0 Comments

The City Council is bucking the downward trend in the housing market with new housing schemes which are already selling 'off plan', following the success of another sales programme in Birmingham. The latest phase of new development through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BHMT) begins in Sheldon today with the start on site of the […]

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Birmingham tenants back regeneration proposals

By on 23/09/2011 in News with 0 Comments

A review of the sustainability and viability of the Council's 65,000 homes has identified 1279 properties as too expensive to maintain over the next 30 years.  The properties are mostly 1 and 2 bedroom flats and are not popular with residents. A major consultation exercise showed that residents overwhelmingly backed the demolition proposals – a […]

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Shard End: First phase of new homes complete

By on 22/09/2011 in News with 0 Comments

The first of a four phase partnership housing scheme in Shard End has created 34 new homes for residents of Birmingham. Birmingham City Council has worked collaboratively with Barratt West Midlands, national affordable housing provider Affinity Sutton, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Stoford Retail to secure funding for the project.  Local people will […]

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Cllr Lines welcomes interest rate proposal

By on 20/09/2011 in News with 0 Comments

In response to the announcement by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, regarding the proposed reduction in interest rates for the borrowing under the HRA Self Financing Reforms Birmingham City Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr John Lines, said: “The Council welcomes this proposal, particularly as the city is expecting to be allocated additional […]

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