Back at the turn of the year, in the first of this series of posts, I mentioned that one of my motivations for thinking about housing was that NANM was organising a visit for residents of Big Local areas to the Leigh West Big Local area, near Wigan, to share experiences and gather insights that would help them improve housing. The visit happened back in February and was a fascinating day, both for the intended reasons and for the shared concern it revealed around the impact of poorly maintained private rented properties on the communities represented.
After these sorts of events we always produce a brief write up. Not a blow by blow account of the visit, but rather writing about an aspect of the visit in a way that gives those who couldn’t attend a flavour of the topic explored. For this visit it made sense to focus on exploring some of the issues the group identified with the private rented sector in their area, along with responses considered during the visit as well as others that we encountered in research after the event.
Image: Boyce Duprey – To Let/For Sale https://www.flickr.com/photos/boyce-d/3246693936/