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Elgin Scheme

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Elgin Estate Regeneration

  • 43 new homes
  • 12 for rent to key workers from Westminster’s intermediate tenancy list
  • 31 for rent at the Mayor’s London Living Rent levels
  • A new bigger community centre on Elgin Avenue
  • A new bigger nursery and community offices
  • A facelift for existing homes on the Elgin estate
  • A number of communal rooftop gardens
  • Improved play facilities
  • Improved security
  • Lifts in the new archway blocks that will also serve existing flats in four storey blocks on Athens and Kincardine gardens
  • Seventeen and a half Million pounds
  • £4.3 million from Westminster City Council
  • £2.6 million from the Greater London Authority
  • £9 million from bank loans. WECH will borrow this and repay it from the rents that will be charged on the 43 new flats and from its existing homeless scheme. When the loan has been repaid, we will be able to let these flats at WECH rents.
  • The rest from WECH’s own resources
  • No. The financing of the scheme comes from the income generated from the rents charged and the grant from Westminster City Council.

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How we Started

Walterton & Elgin Community homes (WECH) is a successful resident controlled housing association in Westminster. It emerged from the struggle of residents against the sale of their homes to private developers. It is now a beacon of how resident control can not only revitalise the physical environment of run down estates but also create sustainable and inclusive communities from the bottom up. The important lesson that WECH has learned is that the increased participation of residents in determining the delivery of services is essential to the provision of high quality and responsive services. WECH is fully committed to working in an inclusive way to try to respond to the expressed wishes of our residents wherever possible. We believe that by working in partnership with our residents and other stakeholders in our community we have been able to improve the quality of our homes, the quality of the lives of our residents and have contributed to an improvement in the overall quality of the environment in which are homes exist.

Background

Resident control

Aims and Objectives

Community Land Trust

Residents

Get Involved

WECH is a resident led housing association and is set up and managed in a way to maximize and encourage resident involvement in many different ways. WECH acknowledges that its residents have a vast range of skills, experiences and information and may already play an active role in their local community. WECH wants to help you further develop these skills, to encourage residents to know and care about their neighbours and the local environment and to make WECH a nicer place to live.

  1. No involvement leads to decisions at WECH being made for you not with you
  2. Have a say in what goes on and start to make your area a better place to live
  3. Your voice will be heard
  4. You will make a difference
  5. You can choose when and how you get involved
  6. The smallest contribution can have the biggest impact
  7. You will see the results of your efforts and benefit from them
  8. You will use your time constructively, doing something positive for your community
  9. You will get to know your neighbours, staff and resident Board members
  1. Free training, development and support opportunities for resident Board members
  2. WECH will cover expenses incurred, such as childcare for attendance of meetings
  3. Providing you with invaluable experience to add to your CV
  4. Social activity
  5. Getting to know your neighbours
  6. Improving the community you live in
  7. You can see your ideas put into action, helping you to get community a project/ activity started and working.

Find out more about

Your Housing Team 

Good service is our number one priority & we like to thing we are doing a good job serving our residents. 

Police In Residence 

Contact your Police in residence Chieto Dimano. PIR advocates on behalf of residents and addresses their concerns about local crime and anti-social behaviour issues.

Tenant Manual

You’re A to Z guide for everything you need to know about WECH

Quick Facts

Established WECH was registered as a Housing Association in April 1991 and received the transfer of stock from Westminster City Council on 6 April 1992.
Properties

WECH has 640 homes

  • 489 in Victorian terraces on Walterton estate
  • 151 in the Elgin estate
  • 496 tenanted households
  • 144 leasehold households
Board The WECH Board consists of 14 members elected from WECH shareholders, over 70% of whom are residents and up to 6 members co-opted for their knowledge and expertise. Details of the current Board can be found in the latest Annual Report.
CEO The CEO is Matt Townsend. He has been in post since July 2020.
Turnover Turnover and other finance details can be found in the latest Annual Report and Audited Accounts in our Resource hub.
Development WECH is carrying out a £17.5 million new build and upgrade scheme on the Elgin Estate.
If the remaining 70 Walterton houses still belonging to Westminster City Council are transferred to WECH a further £7 million will be spent on their refurbishment.
Local authority City of Westminster