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ASSOCIATION OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT AUTHORITIES
29 May 1998 199
HAMPSHIRE VOLUNTARY HOUSING SOCIETY
Report back by Councillor David Atwell (Winchester City Council)
1. Hampshire Voluntary was set up in 1946 and has a housing stock of almost 1000 units equally divided between Elderly/Sheltered Housing and General Needs. The housing is mainly in rural areas of the county.
2. Having been elected to the Board a year ago, I was also asked to serve on one of its Committees, and was appointed to the Development Committee, which oversees new projects. During the year I have attended a total of eight Board and Committee meetings, culminating in the AGM at Winchester Guildhall on 29 April. I was a delegate on behalf of Hampshire Voluntary at the National Conference of Housing Association Voluntary Board Members in Brighton on 6 - 8 February.
3. The two major highlights of the year for Hampshire Voluntary have been the successful progression towards a start on their largest ever project of 75 houses at Basingfield, adjacent to the M3 at Basingstoke; and a successful headquarters office move to new premises in Winchester. The new head office was ceremonially opened on 4 February.
4. Something of a cloud was cast over these successes by the sudden death, shortly before the AGM, of Hampshire Voluntary's Chairman, Clive Blake. It is largely due to Clive that the Society enjoys a strong financial position and is well equipped, structurally, to face the challenges in the future for housing associations as the availability of Social Housing Grant continues to diminish. The role of Chairman of Hampshire Voluntary has now been taken by Tim Sullivan, who will be known to many in the north of Hampshire as Chairman of the Loddon NHS Trust.
5. In conclusion I will simply note two other developments for Hampshire Voluntary during the year. Firstly moves towards a group structure facilitated by the decision of the Bere Forest Housing Association, based in Shedfield, to become a subsidiary of the Society, and, secondly, to commend the Society for its enterprise in tackling such a challenging project as the Basingfield one, valued at £5 million, for a small housing association with an annual turnover of just under £3 million.
COUNCILLOR DAVID ATWELL
Winchester City Council
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