New tenants reps unveiled

At Sheffield Town Hall after  the election results announced by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Alan Law for the newly-elected Tenants Representatives.Pictured LtoR. Diane Leek(NW Board),James Turton(SE Board),Lord Mayor,Shirley Frost(SE Board),Vic Gibson(Sheltered),Winnie Smith(Central Board)
At Sheffield Town Hall after the election results announced by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Alan Law for the newly-elected Tenants Representatives.Pictured LtoR. Diane Leek(NW Board),James Turton(SE Board),Lord Mayor,Shirley Frost(SE Board),Vic Gibson(Sheltered),Winnie Smith(Central Board)
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COUNCIL tenants have elected a new advisory group to oversee city bosses as they decide how best to manage 42,000 council houses after 2014.

The new body replaces the short-lived Tenants Empowerment Board, a group of volunteers which was disbanded last October.

The new tenants advisory group of 16 was elected after 7,797 people voted.

Their main role will be to help guide Sheffield Council as it asks tenants and leaseholders to decide how they want council housing be managed from April 2014.

Currently management company Sheffield Homes is in charge of running the properties, but its contract expires in March 2014.

The council is committed to holding a referendum of all tenants and leaseholders in 2013 to decide the next management model. The advisory group’s job is to help councillors and officers design the consultation process.

Coun Penny Baker, the council’s housing spokeswoman, said: “We’re really pleased with the turnout at these elections.

“It’s a good sign that we’re getting tenants all over Sheffield engaged with this exciting process, and we can be confident this group is made up of the people tenants want to see overseeing this work.

“It is important to stress this group will not be making decisions themselves, but playing a vital role in making sure we are gathering tenants’ views effectively and getting being involved in ways which work for them.”

The new representatives on the advisory group are: Victor Gibson and Ann Lodge – sheltered accommodation; Eric Colley and Winnie Smith – central area; Mick Daniels and Lisa Harrison – east area; Maureen Beer and Marie Oxley – north area; Yvonne Collins and Steve Wellings – north west area; Shirley Frost and Eric Staniland – south east area; James Kenneth Turton and Richard Simpkins – south west area; John Cawthorne and Val Bunting – leaseholders.