Examination of Witnesses (Questions 200
TUESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2001
200. Do you want to add anything?
(Mr Styche) Whatever decisions we take at a neighbourhood
level impact on other neighbourhoods. We have to be aware of that
and able to take an overview. Secondly, leaving things is not
a no cost option. There are significant impacts on public sector
expenditure for increasingly marginalised populations in some
of the worst areas.
201. A number of people have mentioned that
what we need is a housing market renewal fund. Do you agree?
(Mr Steinberg) We need a new way of intervening in
quite significant areas where markets have collapsed because the
current government mechanisms have not proved satisfactory. We
are talking about significant opportunities to work with communities.
I am in support of the creation of a new fund to enable that to
202. If we did not get that, do you share the
concern that has been expressed on the registration of social
(Mr Steinberg) One of the powers Parliament gives
the corporation is to not allow associations to divest themselves
of properties without our consent. We are also the regulator of
203. Local strategic partnerships have come
on the menu now. Do they have a role in solving any of these problems?
(Mr Styche) An absolutely crucial role. We have to
increasingly try and work throughout those partnerships to ensure
all the key players and the local community are represented in
the decisions that need to be taken. In my experience, I worked
on the redevelopment of Hulme and some of the local people very
quickly will want to understand what they can and cannot do.
204. Apart from Hulme, can you give us one or
two more examples?
(Mr Styche) In terms of the local strategic partnerships
which have been around for some timefor instance, in Liverpool,
the Dingle areawe have partnership activity which is working
broadly. There is a local strategic partnership developed in Salford
which is doing some very interesting thinking in particular around
the issue of low demand housing, which is a relatively new concept.
We have taken these things from bidding organisations into strategic
organisations looking at the issues and they come up with solutions.
205. By "strategic", you are primarily
thinking of implementing?
(Mr Styche) It is about determining priorities and
ensuring that the individual members of that partnership make
their contribution to delivery.
206. An executive role as well?
(Mr Styche) Yes.
Chairman: On that note, can I thank you very
much for your evidence?