Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document
Meeting of the Executive held on 12/07/2004
Member/Tenants' Special Interest Group 21st June 2004 - Report to Executive
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL
MEMBERS/TENANTS’ SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
21ST JUNE 2004
REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE ON 12TH JULY 2004
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.
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).
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.
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
DELIVERY OF DECENT HOMES
Due to circumstances beyond the Council’s control, it was not possible for the report on this matter to be ready in time for the meeting and it was therefore withdrawn. The matter would now be the subject of a report to a Special Meeting of the SIG, to be arranged.
ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR (ASB) AND VULNERABLE TENANTS
E.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.
E.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 bring a report back with some specific proposals to a future meeting.
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.
Present at the meeting
Mr V K Scrivens (Chairman)
Mrs P Ellis
Mr P B Isherwood
Dr M-G Lane
Mr A Rayner
Representing the Tenants’ Panel
Miss P Wright (Vice-Chairman)
Mrs I Birch
Mr D Costigan
Mrs K Hall
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.
The following officers were present:
Mr D January (Director of Housing), Mrs S Goodall, Mr C Rudkin, Mr E Quist and Mr D Bennett.