Sheffield tenants earn plaudits for getting views

Reception: The Lord Mayor of Sheffield with the volunteers.
Reception: The Lord Mayor of Sheffield with the volunteers.
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CITY bosses have thanked residents who ensured the public had their say over the future of council housing services.

A band of 25 tenants who volunteered to be part of Sheffield Council’s public consultation came in for praise at a special reception at the town hall.

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbell and Coun Harry Harpham welcomed the volunteers.

They gave up their spare time to collect the views of people about how housing services should be delivered when they are brought back under the control of the council from next April.

The citywide consultation has gathered responses from 2,000 tenants so far.

Coun Harpham, cabinet member for homes and neighbourhoods, said: “I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to personally thank the volunteers who gave up their time to talk to people about what they’d like their housing service to be like in the future.

“We’ve had some great feedback so far, and we couldn’t have done it without the help and support we’ve had from the volunteers.

“There’s still time to get involved – I’d like every tenant to let us know what they think about what works well for them and what could be better, following 88 per cent of voters opting for their home to be managed by the council.”

Volunteer David Bernard said: “I’m Sheffield born and bred and excited about being on the cutting edge of creating a new, improved housing service.”