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By Amanda Kennedy
Annan and Eskdale
Housing partnership ballot opens

DUMFRIES and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP) tenants are being urged to use their vote from this Friday in a ballot to decide on partnership plans with Wheatley Group. 

DGHP’s chairman Bill Robertson has urged tenants to take part in the independent ballot and vote in favour of the collaboration. 

He said the partnership would bring millions of pounds worth of additional investment with a host of benefits to tenants, the local economy and the local construction industry.

Bill, who is also a tenant of DGHP, said: “I firmly believe this is a fantastic opportunity for our tenants. 

“It is hugely important to us that this proposed partnership offers something for every tenant – in all of our towns and villages across Dumfries and Galloway. 

“The benefits of the partnership speak for themselves, for example – keeping rents affordable through smaller annual increases, more investment and a new approach to delivering repairs.”

However, Bill highlighted that the partnership will only go ahead if tenants vote in the ballot – which is open from October 18 and closes on November 18.

There are several ways tenants can vote, making it quick and easy to make sure they have their say. 

Tenants will receive their independent ballot paper and letter in the post and there are details on how they can vote either by post, online or via telephone or text. 

DGHP staff will also be available to speak to tenants to explain the methods of voting. 

Benefits promised

*Lower rents than planned with increases capped at 2 per cent a year for the next three years 

*Creation of an in-house repairs workforce where local operatives will be employed directly by DGHP

*Creation of 500 new jobs and apprenticeships 

*1000 new homes for older people and families across the region over five years

*Handyman service free for older and disabled tenants

*24/7 customer contact telephone service.

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