Our model of tenant participation seeks to reflect the ethos of the Localism Bill and firmly places local tenants and leaseholders at the centre of discussions around issues that affect them. The groups have been streamlined to offer a robust and comprehensive involvement from tenants, leaseholders and Access Selby officers.
This new approach to tenant's participation also offers value for money for both tenants and Access Selby through its links to the existing Community Engagement framework. The groups within the new model are listed below.
The primary role of the Scrutiny Panel will be to provide an independent resident scrutiny of our housing services and scrutinise performance aimed at improving services for our customers.
Their function will include :- reviewing the Tenant Participation strategy; give an independent view of processes and performance; consider improvements to services; review good practice; make evidenced based recommendations; report to Selby District Council Executive Lead Member and Executive Committee. Go to our scrutiny panel page.
Community Engagement Forums
Community Engagement Forums are public meetings for both tenants and residents to raise any concern or make any comment about the local area and the local services provided. The forums take place quarterly in the local Community Engagement Forum areas and give local people the opportunity to have their say about the issues that are important to them, and the chance to speak directly to the people who deliver their local services. Find your local Community Engagement Forum.
Repairs and Maintenance Group
The Repairs and Maintenance group has developed from the previous Major Works Group. This group is made up of tenants that meet quarterly with members of our asset management team to look at all major modernisation, improvement and repairs that we undertake. This group reports their findings to the Scrutiny Panel.
Editorial Panel - Open Door
The Editorial Panel works with us to ensure your Open Door magazine contains the information you need and keeps you up to date about our work. Much of this is carried out by email or over the telephone, with occasional meetings. To get involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01757 292087 to find out more.
Tenant and resident associations (TARAs)
There are two tenant and resident working groups that meet quarterly at local community centres. Our community officers often attend these meetings, along with other local agencies and businesses in the area, to discuss local issues. The groups will continue to run to meet the neighbourhood and community standard.
The Flaxley Road Tenants and Residents Association was formed in April 2002 to tackle the issues raised by people who live on the estate. The group has worked with the local community, Selby District Council, the police, AVS and other agencies to bring about benefits for the area. The Flaxley Road Tenants and Residents Association meet at the Coultish Centre, Charles Street, Selby. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month.
The Abbots Road Tenants and Residents Association was set up in 1998 by tenants and residents who wanted to improve their area. This group has been extremely active and has brought many benefits to the Abbots Road estate. Some of their achievements to date include:
- campaigning for the new Post Office to be built on the estate;
- encouraging kids on the estate to take part in a play which was shown at the Millenium Dome;
- gaining funding for more security lighting for the bungalows on the estate; and
- organising litter picking and local clean ups around the estate.
The Abbots Road Tenants and Residents Association meets on a 6 week basis on mondays at the Cunliffe Centre, Petre Avenue, Selby. The next upcoming dates are the following:
- 12th June
- 24th July
- 4th September
If you wish to take part, please feel free to attend a meeting or contact us on 01757 705101 or email@example.com.
Disability Focus Group
Issues related to disabilities in relation to housing can be raised through local panel meetings or by contacting the Selby District Disability Forum.
An estate walkabout is an important way of finding out what our residents and tenants think of the service, and what we can do to improve communities. This also give the tenants the opportunities to raise and report any local concerns such as empty properties, graffiti in the area or other local concerns. We organise walkabouts on a quarterly basis, covering each of the following geographical areas: Abbots Road, Flaxley Road, Byram/Brotherton, Sherburn, Tadcaster. You can find out about the time, date and location of estate walkabouts in Open Door, our tenants newsletter.
A weekly housing surgery takes places in Sherburn library (Tuesday mornings) and Tadcaster Calcaria House (Thursday mornings) for local residents to discuss any council issues they may have with their local community officer.