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Tenants Wanted to Influence Selby Decisions


12:55pm 15th July 2013

Tenants and leaseholders in Selby are wanted to influence council decision making by joining new Area Panels around the district.

The five Area Panels are specifically designed for tenants and leaseholders and will meet locally on a quarterly basis prior to the meetings of Community Engagement Forums.

Cllr Gillian Ivey explained, "The panels will cover operational issues, policy, performance management and any other items requested by tenants will be discussed and determined. We want them to be very much driven by the volunteers that we recruit.

"We want volunteers who come along and put forward their views. No experience is necessary - we just need people with energy, enthusiasm and local knowledge," she added.
The meetings will be chaired by a tenant and will have input from Access Selby Community Officers.

Within each of the area panels there will be an anti-social behaviour representative, which will form an anti-social behaviour working group reporting their findings and recommendations to the Scrutiny Panel. Each area panel will also have a designated member for Marketing & Communications.
Cllr Ivey added, "This way of working represents a break from the previous structure and offers a value for money approach for tenants, leaseholders and Access Selby staff who do not have to attend separate meetings as both the Area Panels and Community Engagement Forums will be held consecutively and in the same location.

"The panel meetings will also be local and convenient for tenants and leaseholders so they do not have to travel far," she added.

The Council is also looking to set up a group specifically for tenants - the Repairs and Maintenance Group. This group offers the chance for tenants to have their say in all major modernisation and improvement works the council undertakes.

This group will be made up of tenants and will meet on a quarterly basis along with a representative from the Asset Management team. The group will discuss major works and other areas such as voids, customer satisfaction and day-to-day maintenance issues.

For further details of how to become involved in either of these exciting opportunities, please contact Kris Capperauld, Community Officer on 01757 705101 or email kcapperauld@selby.gov.uk

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