Cabinet to discuss halfway house and housing for key workers next week

Will Taylor

Will Taylor

Cabinet to discuss halfway house and housing for key workers next week

Homeless residents were evicted from the town hall in April

Housing in the Royal Borough will be a central issue at the council’s next cabinet meeting, with reports on homes for key workers and for homeless people.

One report the councillors will discuss is seeking approval for the use of two council-owned properties by The Brett Foundation to provide a day service and a halfway house for homeless residents.

The day service would be based at Unit 5 of The Quadrant in Howarth Road, Braywick, and provide washing facilities, clean clothes and food.

The halfway house at Cemetery Lodge, in Braywick, would provide accommodation for homeless residents for up to two years.

"Whilst the council will lose potential rental income on the commercial properties as a result of agreeing to the proposal, there will be a potential non-cashable benefit in more prevention work to avoid homelessness in the Royal Borough,” the report states.

A second report being considered by the council sets out proposals to provide more housing for ‘key professional groups’ working in the borough.

The report states that the key worker private rental property portfolio would be managed through the council’s trading company, RBWM Property Company Ltd (formerly Two5Nine) and refurbishment of the portfolio would be funded through section 106 developer contributions for affordable housing.

The council would also invest £500,000 into the Do it Yourself Shared Ownership scheme and would develop partnership agreements with the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

Also to be discussed at cabinet will be the installation of a footpath at Wraysbury Railway Bridge and a safe route to school petition for Holyport College.

The meeting will take place in the Windsor Guildhall on Thursday, June 30.

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