Housing groups get on their bikes

Cyclists from Isos, Bernicia and Cestria gather at the Lynemouth Resource Centre, home to the Kenspeckle confectionery business, which is part funded by Isos.
Cyclists from Isos, Bernicia and Cestria gather at the Lynemouth Resource Centre, home to the Kenspeckle confectionery business, which is part funded by Isos.

Housing providers in the North East have turned to pedal power to press their case for more and better homes.

Staff from Isos Housing, which manages former Castle Morpeth Council properties, joined nine other housing associations in the region in the Homes For Britain Relay to the Rally, cycling more than 50-miles from Alnmouth to Newcastle, and calling at Lynemouth.

The national relay will end at a rally in Westminster on Tuesday, which will call on politicians to address problems of housing provision, where it is too expensive, there are too few homes, and properties are either too small or too big.

Isos Deputy Chief Executive Paul Fiddaman said: “The Homes For Britain rally, and the relay before it, have been a great opportunity to get housing boosted up the agenda.

“We need to keep reminding politicians that this is not just a crisis of housing shortage, it’s also about the quality and price of the homes available, the negative effect this has on our economy and the impact on communities.”