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Meeting of the Executive held on 06/04/2004
Member/Tenant's Special Interest Group



APPENDIX M
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

MEMBER/TENANTS’ SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
1ST MARCH 2004

REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE
ON 6TH APRIL 2004


A. previous meeting

The SIG received a copy of the notes of the previous meeting held on 19th January 2004 (as reported to the meeting of the Executive on 3rd February 2004).

B. WELCOME STANDARD FOR NEW WBC TENANTS

The SIG received a presentation from the officers (held over from the January meeting) who responded to members’ questions on a number of issues that were raised regarding a Welcome Standard. Essentially, the presentation covered ‘What We Do Now’ and ‘What More Could be Done’. With regard to the latter, several suggestions were made which can be acted upon or can be investigated further. The SIG will be kept fully informed of developments.

C. COMPENSATION FOR TENANTS

C.1 The SIG received a presentation from the officers (held over from the January meeting) on this subject.

C.2 The types of situation covered in the presentation were as follows:

(i) Damage caused to a resident’s property caused by a defect in the building.
(ii) Damage caused by a contractor employed by WBC whilst carrying out maintenance work.
(iii) Damage caused to a tenant’s property by the actions of an adjoining tenant or leaseholder. (v) Compensation for inevitable damage to internal decoration as a result of programmed work.
(vi) Right to repair compensation.

C.3 Officers described the circumstances in which compensation may be payable to residents and responded to members’ questions. Inevitably, the issue of compensation is not always clear cut. Because of this, officers will be looking at drafting a formal written policy. This matter is included on the work programme and a further report will be presented in due course.

D. OPTIONS APPRAISAL 2003/2005 – DELIVERY OF DECENT HOMES

D.1 The SIG at its previous meeting had received a presentation from the officers on the various considerations regarding the proposal to adopt a ‘Waverley Standard’ in respect of the existing housing stock. The SIG was satisfied that the main areas covered in the presentation related to the ‘Waverley Standard’ and recommended to the Executive that the proposals outlined be adopted. The Executive endorsed the recommendation at its meeting on 3rd February.

D.2 However, there was one issue upon which the SIG asked for more information. This was with regard to the type of tap to be provided as the accepted standard in bathrooms and kitchens.

D.3 To aid members, samples of the taps, made by Pegler of West Yorkshire, were displayed at the meeting. .

D.4 The SIG expressed its satisfaction with the taps and accordingly

RECOMMENDS the Executive that

6. the outstanding issue held over from the previous meeting relating to taps having now been satisfactorily dealt with, the decision of the Executive with regard to the ‘Waverley Standard’ be re-affirmed.

[N.B Members were advised that workshops and/or special meetings will be arranged later this year relating to the Options Appraisal.]

E. WORK PROGRAMME

The SIG received and noted the status of the items listed on its current work programme. Arising from the discussion on the Welcome Standard (see report item B), two further items have been added to the list, i.e Pets and Wheelie Bins.

F. MEETING DATES IN 2004/2005

The SIG was advised that the meeting dates for 2004/05 it had agreed at the previous meeting had now been approved by the Executive. The next scheduled meeting therefore would be on 21st June at 7.00 p.m.


Present at the Meeting

Representing WBC:

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

Representing the Tenants’ Panel
Miss P Wright (Vice-Chairman)
Mrs I Birch
Mr D Costigan
Mrs K Hall
Mr G Merrony
Mr R Randle
Miss E Taylor

Apologies for absence were received from Mrs P M Frost and Mr P B Isherwood

The following officers were present:
Mr D January (Director of Housing), Mrs S Goodall, Mr B Nichols, Mr M Rivers, Mr C Rudkin and Mr D Simmons.

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