Byker is a unique, Grade II* listed estate and in need of investment to update it. We think the Trust is the best way to make this happen. The Trust can also make a difference in other ways by helping to promote the work of community groups and be creating opportunities for training and employment to improve quality of life for residents.
BCT are committed to keeping rents at social rent levels in line with government policy. A key stock transfer promise was that for a 5 year period following the Housing Transfer, our rents would not increase more than a maximum limit which current government policy allows. After the first 5 years, BCT will only increase rents in line with government rent policy.
The BCT board is made up of 13 people: 4 tenant members, 4 independent members, 2 City Council nominees, 1 YHN nominee and a co-optee.
The main objective for the BCT is to invest in the estate for the benefit of tenants and the details of this investment are set out in the Offer Document. The BCT will also work to improve the physical condition and management of non-residential buildings on the estate. It will have regeneration objectives which will provide opportunities for local training and employment and also create opportunities for social enterprise to deliver services on the estate.
Yes. All improvements to the estate will protect its heritage value.
Yes. There is a small team of 5 staff working on behalf of the BCT.
No, the type of investment planned by the BCT will include improvements to the District Heating scheme and substantial environmental improvements which will also benefit owner occupiers and leaseholders as well as tenants.
In addition to delivering many improvements to housing and the general environment on the estate, the BCT is also committed to working with residents and community groups to improve life chances for everyone.
YHN will still deliver the services it does now on behalf of the BCT and the Board.
The BCT will own the housing on behalf of the community.
There will be an extensive process of consultation with residents to prioritise works to each neighbourhood and produce solutions which satisfy English Heritage but also tackle the problems facing residents on a day to day basis.
Yes. The BCT Board will decide what happens on the estate and manage how the budget is spent. 4 of the BCT board members are tenants. Key decisions such as the approval of the annual accounts are made at Annual General Meetings. Tenants are eligible to become shareholders of the BCT. This will enable tenants to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting which is held annually in September.
All residents should receive regular newsletters and leaflets. We will also keep this website updated and we have held, and will be holding a number of community events in and around the Byker Estate. A text alert service is also available. Please text BYKER to 88802 to register. Please note you will be charged a one off fee of 8p when you sign up for this service.