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Meeting of the Executive held on 02/08/2004
APPENDIX H - MEMBERS/TENANTS' SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP



APPENDIX H
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
MEMBERS/TENANTS’ SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
21ST JUNE AND 8TH JULY 2004

REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE ON 2ND AUGUST 2004

[THIS MATTER WAS DEFERRED AT THE MEETING ON 12TH JULY]



ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN

The Special Interest Group (SIG) elected Mr V K Scrivens (Executive Portfolio Holder for Housing) as its Chairman and Miss P Wright (Chairman of the Tenants’ Panel) as its Vice-Chairman for the Council year 2004/2005.



A. PREVIOUS MEETING

The SIG received a copy of the notes of the previous meeting held on 1st March 2004 (as reported to the meeting of the Executive on 6th April 2004).

B. TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Terms of Reference of the SIG were received, subject to it being noted that (d) should now read "To advise the Housing Portfolio Holder on proposals ... etc" rather than "To advise the Housing and Community Welfare Portfolio Holder on proposals ... etc" which was the case when the SIG was set up in 2001.

C. MATTERS FOR FUTURE DISCUSSION/WORK PROGRAMME

The SIG received and noted the status of the items listed on its current work programme. It agreed to add the following issues for report to a future meeting:

Elderly Persons’ Decoration Scheme
Disabled Adaptations.

D. ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR (ASB) AND VULNERABLE TENANTS

D.1 The SIG received a presentation from Chris Rudkin, Deputy Housing Services Manager, on this subject which was one of the items included on the work programme. The presentation was wide-ranging, covering aspects such as the causes of ASB, how the Council deals with the problem, the cost implications and remedies and prevention, and included three case studies.

D.2 The presentation was essentially a scene-setting exercise. It had raised many important issues and it was the intention to explore some of these in more depth. Consequently, it was agreed that the officers would produce another report with specific proposals to a future meeting.

E. TENANT EMPOWERMENT

The SIG received a presentation from the Director of Housing outlining:-

(a) how tenants had become more involved in the housing service over the last 10 years with resultant increased participation by tenants;
(b) some of the key achievements over that period;

(c) the more immediate concerns revolving around the Housing Options Appraisal; and

(d) the likely changes and opportunities that will arise for tenant participation in the future.

F. DELIVERY OF DECENT HOMES

Due to circumstances beyond the Council’s control, it was not possible for this matter to be discussed on 21st June and a Special Meeting of the SIG was convened exclusively to deal with Decent Homes. At that meeting, held on 8th July, Richard Hand of Ridge and Partners responded to members’ questions in relation to his detailed presentation on the subject. This covered the minimum standard that all social housing should meet by the year 2010, the implications for Waverley, the Housing Options Appraisal currently being undertaken and his conclusions regarding the sums required to achieve decency, ranging from the lowest cost option (not recommended) to the ideal (recommended).

Present at the meetings

21st June 8th July

Representing WBC: Representing WBC

Mr V K Scrivens (Chairman) Mr V K Scrivens (Chairman)
Mrs P Ellis Mrs P Ellis
Mr P B Isherwood Mrs P M Frost
Dr M-G Lane Mr P B Isherwood
Mr A Rayner Mrs J R Keen
Dr M-G Lane
Mrs A E Mansell
Mr A Rayner

Representing the Tenants’ Panel Representing the Tenants’ Panel

Miss P Wright (Vice-Chairman) Miss P Wright (Vice-Chairman)
Mrs I Birch Mr G Merrony
Mr D Costigan Mr R Randle
Mrs K Hall Mrs J Rawlings
Mr G Merrony
Mr R Randle

Apologies for absence were received from Mrs P M Frost, Mrs J R Keen, Mrs A E Mansell and Mrs J Rawlings (21st June) and from Mrs I Birch and Mrs K Hall (8th July).

The following officers were present:

Mr D January (Director of Housing), Mrs S Goodall, Mr C Rudkin, Mr E Quist and Mr D Bennett (21st June); Mr D January and Mr D Bennett (8th July).

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