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On the buses for a real life journey into the future of colne
Fri 18 September 2015
RESIDENTS and housing professionals were ‘on the buses’ for a journey with a difference to map the future of homes and services provided by Colne. They got on board (Sep 16) a red double decker Routemaster bus branded The Journey – where do we go from here? – to see first-hand the challenges and opportunities the Essex-based housing association faces in providing a range of affordable homes now and in the future.
The day started with board members attending the AGM on Wheels on the lower deck.
They were then joined by around 40 guests – including Colne residents from Colchester and Clacton, corporate partners and council officers for the trip which took in: new homes in Brook Street, Colchester a development opportunity in Harwich and sheltered housing for older people in Alderman Howe Lodge in High Woods. Resident Kelly Marven, of Bay Tree Close, Colchester, said:
“I didn’t know what to expect when they said we would be on board a double decker bus but the Journey was a brilliant insight into what Colne does and the many different types of homes they provide; I feel very special to have been involved.”
Colne’s new Chief Executive Sara Thakkar said: “The Journey was a fantastic opportunity for Colne to work together with our customers and partners to shape and debate the future of our services.
“We wanted to get away from the board room and see the real world and the challenges that our residents and we as providers face every day. There was a lively atmosphere on the bus with plenty of debate. It was great to see several of our customers giving us insights into what we could do differently to ensure they have the great homes and services they need.”
This was the first time Colne had held an AGM on a bus and all feedback from the Journey will inform the strategic direction of the organisation as it continues to help solve the housing crisis by providing a range of affordable homes.