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Housing association moves out of council building
THE housing association which took over 6,700 homes in Wycombe will shed its final major links with the council when it moves to a new base this month.
Red Kite Community Housing bought Wycombe District Council's housing stock in December 2011 after tenants voted in favour of a transfer.
The newly formed company has been based at WDC's High Wycombe headquarters since but on January 30 will move to new premises in Kingsmead Business Park.
Red Kite Chief Executive Trevor Morrow said while he could not disclose the numbers, the company would be paying significantly less for its new ten year lease and it was a value for money agreement.
The terms of the deal are subject to confidentiality, he said.
WDC would also not reveal the amount it received from Red Kite for the 14 months at its Queen Victoria Road offices.
WDC spokesman Sue Robinson said: “Red Kite have rented office space and paid a market rate rent to Wycombe District Council.
“We would not normally disclose the rents our tenants pay as this is commercially confidential information.”
Important aspects of the move include the extra space the new offices provide, Red Kite said.
Mr Morrow said: “This is a really exciting time for us. We always said that we would move out from the council’s offices into our very own building and now we’re finally here.
“We’ve worked really hard over the last 12 months to set ourselves up as a new business which has been tough at times, especially since we don’t all work in the same building, but now that we have secured a new office and can finally move in, we can’t wait.”
Tenants and leaseholders will still be able to contact Red Kite via the same phone numbers and email address.
The new address is: Red Kite Community Housing Windsor Court Kingsmead Business Park Frederick Place High Wycombe Bucks HP11 1JU
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