'Homes for heroes' plan for Burnley

A VETERANS charity and councillors are teaming up in a bid to kickstart a ‘homes for heroes’ scheme in the heart of Burnley.

Tony Hayes, chief executive of Veterans Association UK (VAUK), has been in discussions with Trinity ward councillors Howard Baker and Tony Martin over establishing the first half-dozen properties for the ambitious initiative in their ward. The councillors are approaching private landlords over a number of vacant properties in Albion Street, Grange Street and Pritchard Street about a link-up with VAUK.

Mr Hayes said: “We are hoping to start with a couple of veterans, who will live in the same house on a buddy system, and then go on from there.”

The charity recently moved from Kelbrook to International House, Springfield Road, Burnley.

And the organisation, which provides support for veterans of all ages coming out of the services, is looking to hit the ground running in its new base.

Plans are being advanced to create a distance learning centre at their new offices, which formerly housed Burnley College’s design school.

Coun Baker is also the council’s executive member for housing and regeneration.

Coun Martin said: “Hopefully this way the landlords will receive some income for these two-up two-down properties and the veterans can be rehomed.”

Ex-services people interested in finding out more about VAUK, or who would like to volunteer, call the new office 01282 219391.

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6:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

They will be spoon feeding them next
They will be spoon feeding them next 2 for 5p

11:37pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Major Tom says...

It's time soldiers, and others who serve queen and country, where given priority housing over those who expect something for nothing. All that seems to happen in these times is an aim to gain benefits, get off your face, and push out a child or 12.
It's time soldiers, and others who serve queen and country, where given priority housing over those who expect something for nothing. All that seems to happen in these times is an aim to gain benefits, get off your face, and push out a child or 12. Major Tom

9:50am Fri 1 Feb 13

DaveBurnley says...

2 for 5p wrote:
They will be spoon feeding them next
It isn't obligatory for you to make a stupid comment every time you see an article.





This is a worthy cause, good for the councillors showing a positive interest.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p[/bold] wrote: They will be spoon feeding them next[/p][/quote]It isn't obligatory for you to make a stupid comment every time you see an article. This is a worthy cause, good for the councillors showing a positive interest. DaveBurnley

4:22pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Interocitor says...

DFTT.
DFTT. Interocitor

10:11pm Mon 4 Feb 13

burnleylass22 says...

Major Tom wrote:
It's time soldiers, and others who serve queen and country, where given priority housing over those who expect something for nothing. All that seems to happen in these times is an aim to gain benefits, get off your face, and push out a child or 12.
I think youll find that soldiers leaving the service to get a great deal of help with rehoming already
[quote][p][bold]Major Tom[/bold] wrote: It's time soldiers, and others who serve queen and country, where given priority housing over those who expect something for nothing. All that seems to happen in these times is an aim to gain benefits, get off your face, and push out a child or 12.[/p][/quote]I think youll find that soldiers leaving the service to get a great deal of help with rehoming already burnleylass22

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