A planned survey of housing conditions in Jaywick Sands will go ahead after receiving £100,000 from the Government.
Tendring District Council (TDC) will carry out a review of privately rented properties in the area to help shape how it engages with landlords and improves conditions for anyone living in substandard accommodation.
Work, which is expected to take place in February and March, has been funded with a £100k grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Jaywick Sands includes the most deprived area in the country and has some poor housing conditions, coupled with the challenges posed by being in a high flood risk zone.
Around half of the housing in the area is privately rented – an estimated 600 homes – and many are timber-framed 1930s constructions originally intended as holiday homes.
The stock condition survey will give TDC a better picture of the deteriorating condition of many properties, identify those which are privately rented, and inform future action – in particular working with, and where necessary enforcing against, landlords.
Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member for Housing and with Special Responsibility for Jaywick Sands, said the survey would make for improved decision-making.
“Tackling poor quality housing is one of the key areas of our focus in Jaywick Sands, and this survey will allow us to have a much better picture of the situation, instead of relying on anecdotal or historic information,” Councillor Honeywood said.
“This intelligence can then inform the way we work not only with landlords and tenants, but also with lobbying government for further action to help improve the housing situation in Jaywick Sands.
“Coupled with other projects, such as our work building ten new homes in the area, this will help to improve living standards for all as we look to work with the community to drive forward housing-led renaissance for Jaywick Sands.”
The main focus will be on Brooklands and Grasslands, but the project will be extended into the Village if time and resources allow.
TDC’s Jaywick Sands Neighbourhood Team along with staff from the Housing and Environmental Services departments will be on hand to support residents with any follow-up work required as uncovered by the external surveyors.
More information on the MHCLG funding can be found here on the Ministry website.