In March Gateshead Council approved the introduction of a licensing scheme for private landlords in the Swalwell Terraces subject to necessary consultation. This followed discussions between local councillors, the Council Leader and the Chief Executive of the Council when they visited Swalwell at the end of last year.
A full ten week consultation exercise is now under way, with the current plan to introduce the scheme in 2012. This commenced with a consultation event which was held on 27th September 2011 at Swalwell Community Centre.
All residents in the Terraces area should by now have received a postal questionnaire, advising of the proposals and asking for views.
In addition, a questionnaire has been posted to all known private landlords and agents in the area. A further consultation event was held on 4th October 2011 in the Civic Centre.
A representative of the Private sector Housing Team attended the Swalwell residents meeting on 6th October 2011 to advise and discuss proposals.
There is still an opportunity for you to have you say. Any individual or organisation may complete a questionnaire via the Council website. Go to http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Housing/helpsupportadvice/PrivateLandlords/Licensing/CentralGatesheadandSwalwelllicensingconsultation.aspx.
The last date for these forms to be completed is Friday 28th October.
Feedback from the consultation will be used to inform the Council Cabinet who will make the final decision in November, whether or not to go ahead with the scheme.