Hous­ing Mat­ters at spe­cial show­case

New homes ‘should be a pri­or­ity’

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The coun­cil held a spe­cial event in Air­drie to al­low ten­ants and res­i­dents from across Mon­k­lands the op­por­tu­nity to find out more about hous­ing ser­vices.

Dozens of peo­ple at­tended the Hous­ing Mat­ters show­case at Gartlea com­mu­nity cen­tre.

This year’s gath­er­ing marked a change in for­mat from the usual ten­ant con­fer­ence and was “very well re­ceived”.

Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Gra­ham, con­vener of en­ter­prise and hous­ing, opened the event and said af­ter­wards: “It’s al­ways great to speak di­rectly with ten­ants and res­i­dents us­ing our ser­vices.

“To gauge first- hand the pos­i­tives, and some­times neg­a­tives, gives us valu­able feed­back that al­lows us to fur­ther de­velop ser­vices or shape them dif­fer­ently to im­prove these.

“I was re­ally ex­cited by the new for­mat and look for­ward to read­ing the event eval­u­a­tion in de­tail and be­ing part of fu­ture ten­ant par­tic­i­pa­tion events.

“I would urge ten­ants to find out more about get­ting in­volved in hous­ing ser­vices.”

Ini­tial feed­back from the event re­vealed that build­ing new homes was the top pri­or­ity for ad­di­tional rent spend.

Net­work­ing NL was also men­tioned as one of the high­lights, as well as the in­put from the coun­cil’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive, Des Mur­ray, who out­lined the vi­sion for North La­nark­shire’s com­mu­ni­ties, and ten­ant par­tic­i­pa­tion man­ager Tracy Len­non with her de­tails of the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for ten­ants to get in­volved.

Tracy said: “There are ex­cit­ing times ahead for North La­nark­shire’s ten­ants and those at­tend­ing our events were re­ally keen to en­gage and be part of dis­cus­sions. In­volv­ing ten­ants is key to ev­ery­thing we do and there are so many ways to do this ei­ther through ten­ant-led walk­a­bouts, sur­veys and so­cial me­dia. Find out more and get in­volved.”

The coun­cil would like to thank event spon­sors Mears and Saltire who also pro­vided prize ham­pers to the gar­den award win­ners.

Res­i­dents can con­tact the lo­cal author­ity’s ten­ant par­tic­i­pa­tion team on 01698 302565.

Key is­sues Ten­ants en­joy a dis­cus­sion at the Hous­ing Mat­ters event

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