Bournemouth Council has revealed that residents and landlords will have two months left to share their views about a Selective Licensing Scheme that could be introduced by the end of 2017.
The scheme, which aims to improve housing standards of the privately rented properties in Boscombe and the surrounding areas, was introduced at the Bournemouth Council’s cabinet on November 9.
The Housing Act 2004 allows local councils to apply Selective Licensing schemes in selected areas for up to five years. The scheme was introduced in Boscombe as it has the highest percentage of privately rented accommodations in Bournemouth – 62.3 %.
However, before approving the new plans, the council started a 16 week public consultation on Monday, January 9, to find out what people’s opinions are.
Councillor Jane Kelly, a ward councillor for Bournemouth West, revealed that she took part in the project to gather data over several years to support the need for Selective Licensing, during the life of Operation Galaxy and Boscombe Regeneration.
“We are very confident that there is a requirement to support some landlords to manage their tenants and properties in a more robust way which will protect the most vulnerable tenants and improve the whole area by the reduction of anti-social behavior associated with particular addresses.
‘’This will also help to increase the sense of place and ownership in Boscombe East, West and Springbourne, which leads to better health and wellbeing of residents.
“We are absolutely determined to achieve the ambitions set out in our Commitment Document, we know that we must use any tools available to do this, our residents deserve to live in an area where they are given the same opportunities as other parts of the borough. If the consultation results are positive, we will implement this scheme later this year.”
Members of the public can also attend the following events:
- Thurs 26 January – Springbourne Library – 4pm – 7pm
- Sat 4 February – Boscombe Library – 10am – 1pm
- Thurs 9 February – Springbourne Library – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
- Thurs 23 February – Southbourne Library – 4pm – 7pm
- Sat 4 March – Springbourne Library – 10am – 12.30pm
- Thurs 9 March – Boscombe Library – 4pm – 7pm
- Thurs 16 March – Southbourne Library – 1pm – 4pm