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Consultation launched on Wisbech landlord licensing

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A consultation has been launched on a proposal to introduce landlord licensing in a bid to crack down on housing problems in Wisbech.

Fenland District Council is running a 10-week consultation on its plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in seven wards.

All private sector landlords in the designated area would have to show they are “fit and proper” to hold a licence and comply with all normal standards.

Cllr Will Sutton, housing cabinet member, is urging people to have their say on the proposal.

He said: “We know that some people are currently living in very poor conditions and there are significant issues of crime and anti-social behaviour that are closely linked to that.

“We believe that selective licensing is the necessary next step in combating those problems and would thus benefit everyone in Wisbech. But precisely because it is something that would have an impact on the whole town, it’s important that local people tell us what they think about it.”

The first public consultation event will be in Wisbech Market Place tomorrow between 10am-3pm. Others are scheduled there for March 17 and April 28.

Drop-in sessions will be held at the Rosmini Centre on April 1, 15, and May 6. This will be followed at the council’s Fenland@ your service shop on March 14, April 11 and 25.

Landlords are being invited to meetings at the Boathouse on March 23 and April 21 and there are also plans for a meeting with representatives of the National Landlords Association.

The scheme’s would cover seven wards – Clarkson, Kirkgate, Medworth, Octavia Hill, Peckover, Staithe and Waterlees Village – and would affect an estimated 2,400 properties.

To have your say visit www.fenland.gov.uk/selectivelicensing from Monday. Paper copies of the survey form will be available at the various events and in the Fenland @ your service shop in Wisbech

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