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Resident involvement

Getting involved is a great way to know that you are contributing to improving the services that you receive, and your voice can empower you and other tenants to improve the council's performance and development in areas that matter to you.

Everybody has busy lives these days but selecting the way you get involved from the list below could fit into your lifestyle and put you at the heart of decision making. It doesn't have to be all about attending meetings, it can be as active as helping to organise a fun day in your area for everybody to enjoy.

We believe in working together with tenants in a real partnership, to improve the service we offer. There are lots of ways you can get involved. It can be fun, and can help you get useful experience, and even a qualification. There are lots of opportunities for training and learning new skills. If you are interested please contact the tenant participation team.

Ways you can get involved

If you would like to increase your skills to get involved, and can find any training that you think might help you gain the confidence and knowledge you need, please contact the tenant participation team to discuss your ideas. The tenants participation advisory service (TPAS) also provides training for tenants and leaseholders.

These groups are also locally based, but focus on the needs and wants of our residents who are over the age of 60. We recognise that you may have different service requirements and would like to work with you to make sure your requirements are being met. As with Local Housing Panels, invitations are sent out before the meeting and if you would like any additional information you can contact your local tenant participation officer.

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Every month we carry out an inspection of a local area.  We invite local residents who want to be involved to join our staff and the local councillor in walking around our streets and looking at environmental concerns such as grounds maintenance, parking, street lighting, antisocial behaviour and general upkeep. Estate inspections are a really proactive way of getting involved, and can only require a small amount of your time.

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We have an editorial group to advise on content and also welcome contributions from reporters who can write a relevant feature on a subject that interests them. We also welcome photographs and other contributions. It is your magazine and your opinion counts.

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A social group for people with mental health needs to seek mutual support. They meet once a month in Salisbury; it's proved a popular way for people to meet and have an evening out.

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We hold focus groups when there is a particular service or issue we would like to analyse and explore further with our residents. If there are particular issues that you think would benefit from focus groups, please contact the tenant participation team to discuss your ideas.

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If you would like to join this group, then please read the Completion Guidance and Data Protection Statement, and also the Terms of Reference on the housing assurance panel page.

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Garden Competition

Lanfear Best Communal (2)
Lanfear Close Sheltered Scheme, Amesbury

Best Communal Garden

The judges were impressed with the peaceful atmosphere of the garden which is obviously a well-used communal space. Lots of pockets of planting gave colour to the garden.

Winner Berwick St James
Mr & Mrs Haggerty, Berwick St James

Best General Garden

The judges were very impressed with the variation and abundance of vibrant and colourful flowers in the garden. It certainly had the wow factor and their passion for gardening certainly shone through

Wilton 4
Jeanette Clark

Other Prize Winners

The judges were impressed with the variation of plants and flowers in the garden, the clever use of pots and decoration and they loved the detail of the gnomes and fairies. A fun space to be in

Whiteparish 3
Janice Rogers

Other Prize Winners

The judges were impressed with the use of vibrant display of colour with a clever use of plants. The touches of the far- east really gave the garden the wow factor

Friary 2
Shirley Price

Other Prize Winners

Shirley Price of the Friary who's garden was a delight to visit and again was a wonderful display of colour.

Berwick 3

Highly Commended Certifictates

The judges also awarded a number of highly commended certificates. Trevor Read, Laverstock,Dorothy Williams, Winterbourne Gunner,Helen Palmer Upper Woodford,Eddie Watts Porton,Mrs Drake Salisbury.

Housing board

The board considers, reviews, scrutinises and offers advice on issues relating to Wiltshire Council's business and tenancy services, and asset management, related to housing services activities. This may include allocation, development, improvement, maintenance and management of Wiltshire Council tenancies and homes.

We operate with a view to assisting and contributing to the effective provision and delivery of housing services activities, taking a long-term perspective, long-term is interpreted and applied as being ten years or more. The board can also review policies and strategies adopted by the housing services department and consider the implications if these are adopted and advises on delivery best practice concerns and issues.

Housing board resident members

"My background in archaeology might not seem relevant to housing but I believe it is. I am adept at getting into the detail and putting pieces of the puzzle together to understand the bigger picture and the way this can affect tenants’ lives. I enjoy a strong relationship with area boards, which are an important way to represent local opinion and fold this into decision making. I appreciate the importance of oversight in decision making."

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"I am a parish councillor and have been involved in voluntary work with a focus on research work for adoption support groups. I have also worked in a gaming environment that gave me a good understanding of finance. I am happy to debate all issues and can offer a particular focus on the financial side of housing provision as well as the impact that decisions have on tenants."

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I am passionate about housing and housing related issues, having worked in housing support for over seven years.  I have a wealth of local knowledge and an awareness of the types of housing matters that arise for residents within our area.  I am a creative problem solver by nature and enjoy finding ways to identify and resolve issues to the benefit of all involved.  I consider myself a keen advocate and hope to keep the interest of residents at the heart of strategy.

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Housing board councillor members

Bio coming soon

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"I have been an Amesbury town councillor since 1991. I was mayor in 2007 and am chairman of a number of different committees. I was a Salisbury district councillor and in 2009, I became a Wiltshire councillor. I am the chairman of the Southern Area Planning Committee and the planning portfolio holder.

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I was first elected in 1995 to Salisbury District Council
and have always represented Harnham. I sat on the Housing Committee for many
years and was the cabinet member for Community and Housing in 2007, before the
role was split and I took on the community side of the portfolio. Council housing
is a very passionate interest to me. I live right in the heart of a council
housing estate, so I know many of the issues which tenants face. Housing also
forms a big part of my casework from residents too. I very much look forward to
working with the Housing Board for the good of tenants and the council.

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Housing board independent members

"I worked in Bath City Council’s property department before moving into the private sector as a consultant in the commercial and housing sectors. I am a trustee of a large charity specialising in almshouse provision for the elderly. I have also undertaken a voluntary position with a housing association in Somerset where I became chairman last year. As an experienced Chartered Surveyor I believe my range of skills will benefit both tenants and the housing board.

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"I began work in the housing sector in the late 1980s becoming head of service in the late 1990s. I stayed at this level, but in a different role, for a council then I moved to a housing association as a head of service, after which I moved back into local government. My career has recently involved consultancy, temporary and interim work. I have a range of skills to bring to the board, all of which are beneficial to tenants and vital to the effective provision of housing."

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"I have gained a range of important skills which can benefit tenants from working first for a housing association, then for a council housing department. I progressed to more senior roles and continue with voluntary work as a trustee for a small housing association. Possessing a range of skills and having housing experience, I understand the needs of our tenants and bring this understanding to the board."

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Housing board meetings

If you wish to attend a meeting, contact your resident engagement team to confirm attendance and to obtain a copy of the agenda. Some of the agendas are also available in the sidebar.


Time
Venue
5:30pm - 8:30pm

The Pump Room,

Old Fire Station (The Enterprise Network)

Salt Lane

Salisbury

Wiltshire
SP1 1DU

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Time
Venue
5pm - 8pm

Board Room

Churchfields Depot

Stephensons Road

Salisbury

Wiltshire

SP2 1NP

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Last updated: 2 August 2018 | Last reviewed: 2 August 2018