Co-op History 1977

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The Heathan June-July 1977

The Balsall Heath Housing Co-operative was formed in January of this year by a group of residents and the workers in the Balsall Heath Association. The Co-op will operate in the Balsall Heath Housing Action Area and the Cannon Hill General Improvement Area. The residents wish to own collectively,and control,their own homes. Most of the members live in privately rented accommodation, and have experienced great difficulty in persuading their landlords to do either basic repairs or improvements. A number of owner-occupiers have also shown interest,although not all of them will necessarily wish to sell their homes to the Co-operative.

FUNDS COMING In March,the Co-op was registered as a Housing Association and an application has been made to the Housing Corporation for the necessary funds to purchase the houses the Co-op intends to improve. The Housing Corporation (which is funded by the Dept. of the Environment) has promised to make available,initially,sufficient funding for 20 houses. The total number of houses to be purchased and improved by the Co-op has been limited to 50,in an effort to keep the Co-op small and easy to manage.

 FIRST HOUSES New Hestia Housing Association has agreed to act as a service agency - that is,to buy and improve the houses in the name of the Co-op. It is hoped that the first houses will be bought this month. The progress to date has been very encouraging, therefore, and membership has increased month by month. The members have put a lot of effort into making it a success,and are aware that there are still many more hurdles to overcome.

YOU CAN JOIN If you are interested in joining the Co-op,a fee of £1 is charged for membership - plus a willingness to attend meetings regularly. If you would like more information,please contact either: Mrs. Janet Miah (Chairman),or Bernie Masterson, at Balsall Heath Association,91,Court Rd. Tel: 440-1310. By Bernie Masterson.  

What happened in...

Gary Gilmore becomes first person executed in United States since 1967

Last execution by guillotine in France

Star Wars hits the cinemas.

British Airways introduces a regular supersonic Concorde service between London and New York City

Collision between two Boeing jumbo jets at Los Rodeos airport, Tenerife, in the worst air disaster in history.

A Power-cut blacks out New York City. Widespread looting and vandalism occur.

Elvis Aron Presley Died    August 16, 1977 (aged 42)

Marc Bolan Died    16 September 1977 (aged 29)

James Bond - The Spy who Loved Me stars at cinemas

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