What About the Dutch Cottage?

Dutch Cottage

At tonight’s District Council meeting, Chris Lumley asked a very good question about the proposed transfer of the council’s housing stock- What will happen to the Dutch Cottage on Crown Hill, Rayleigh?.

The answer from the council officers wasn’t totally clear. The cottage is part of the council’s housing stock, and it has a council tenant with a secure tenancy. However, as it is owned by a trust, it can never be sold off under the ‘right to buy’.

If the transfer takes place, the management of the cottage as a rented home would go to the housing association. But if it ever became vacant, it would probably revert back to the council again for management.

We would certainly like more information on this!

By the way, it seems that the almshouses in Rochford wouldn’t be affected by a transfer.