Springs Estate, Bury - Proposed changes to the management arrangements
Springs Tenant Management Co-Operative Ltd. (Springs TMC) is looking to become a self-financing tenant management organisation to enable them to manage the Springs Estate more effectively, subject to support from tenants and leaseholders living in the area.
The proposed new management arrangements would give Springs TMC more flexibility and choice over the way in which services on the estate are delivered. They would also have much greater financial control, as they would be responsible for delivering all of the housing management services including the capital works programme, gas servicing, administration of right to buy and services to leaseholders which are all currently provided by Six Town Housing and, grounds maintenance services which are currently provided by the Council.
The Council would still own the tenanted properties on the estate, and governance provisions would be in place to oversee the new management arrangements and ensure the continued provision of high-quality services to tenants and leaseholders.
A formal secret ballot is scheduled to commence on the 29 November 2021 until the 13 December 2021. This will give tenants and leaseholders the opportunity to vote for Springs TMC to become a self-financing tenant management organisation or, reject the proposal. The ballot will be conducted by Civica Election Services to ensure that voting is impartial and confidential at all times.
Each tenant and leaseholder will receive a ballot paper directly from Civica Election Services prior to the ballot. Return envelopes/postage will be provided. Alternatively, completed ballot papers can be deposited in a locked/sealed ballot box which will be placed in the Springs TMC Office on the Springs Estate. The ballot box will be collected by Civica at the end of the ballot.
If the majority of tenants and leaseholders vote in favour of Springs TMC becoming a self-financing tenant management organisation, the new arrangements are likely to come into force in April 2022. A continuation ballot would take place every 5 years as it does at present, to ensure that tenants and leaseholders are still satisfied with the management arrangements. If the majority of tenants and leaseholders vote against Springs TMC becoming a self-financing tenant management organisation, the proposal will be rejected and Springs TMC will continue to manage the tenanted properties on the Springs Estate as they do at present and have been doing so for the last two decades.