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Tenants to lead new South Area housing panel

Published: Fri, 20 Jun 2014
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Members of the South Tenant Scrutiny Panel pictured with our staff
South Scrutiny Panel
Tenants in the Armagh, Banbridge, Lurgan and Portadown areas will be offered a greater say in the future of their neighbourhoods with the creation of new South Area local tenant-led panels.
Tenant Scrutiny Panels are being set up across Northern Ireland giving Housing Executive tenants a voice to ensure that local offices are delivering the services required in their areas and to the level of quality expected by tenants.
In South – which encompasses the offices in Armagh, Banbridge, Lurgan and Portadown – 12 community representatives from across the area will scrutinise services they feel are most important to tenants in the coming year.
For Armagh tenants will be represented by Sam Lockhart, Linda Wilson and Paul Cartmill; Banbridge representatives are Joyce Walsh, Clifford Wylie and Geoff Johnston and for Lurgan they are Bernie Burns, Louis Sawyers, and Johnny Mercer.  They will be joined by Gordon Blevins, Patricia Love and Maureen Connelly from Portadown.
The group meets five times a year and members have said they are looking forward to the year ahead.
Chair of the Scrutiny Panel Gordon Blevins said:
“I am delighted to be part of the new Tenant Scrutiny Panel representing South area.  It will give us the opportunity to question and constructively challenge the organisation to ensure we achieve the best service possible for tenants in local neighbourhoods.”
Denise McNally, Area Manager for South, said the new panels will ensure that the Housing Executive works in an active and meaningful partnership with communities.
“The creation of the Tenant Scrutiny Panels will give our tenants a real say in making their neighbourhoods better places in which to live.
“The panels will also ensure that we are accountable to our tenants for the delivery of our services and we will be in a position to continuously seek the views of our tenants and strive to improve the delivery of our services.” he added.
In addition to Tenant Scrutiny Panels, the Housing Executive has also formed resident and inter-agency partnerships in the South area. These partnerships will enable residents to make their estates and areas better places in which to live by taking part in ventures such as joint working groups, community partnerships and estate inspections.