Kirklees tenants to help set standards for social housing

Release Date: 23-Feb-2009
Kirklees council tenants are being asked to take part in the biggest consultation event ever held next week – by hopping on board a bright pink campervan.
The 'Comments Campervan' will be travelling across Kirklees, so hop on board and tell us what you think

The 'Comments Campervan' will be travelling across Kirklees, so hop on board and tell us what you think

On Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 March, the roaming vintage campervan, complete with film crew, will be touring the borough as part of the “National Conversation”.

The National Conversation was launched in January to find out what issues matter most to tenants.

It is being organized by the Tenant Services Authority, the new social housing watchdog, which is developing a set of standards for social housing that they will use to measure and improve the performance of landlords like Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH).

KNH has been chosen as one of 29 trailblazers from across the country who will support the delivery of the campaign, the aim of which is to give tenants the opportunity to tell the TSA what issues are most important to them and what standards they want from their landlords.

Tenants can say a 'piece to camera' which can then be uploaded onto YouTube and the TSA website.

The campervan will be at the following locations:

Tuesday 3 March

10:00 am – 11.15 am: Chickenley – Shops at 179 Chickenley Lane
11:45 am – 1:00 pm: Staincliffe – The Parade, Manor Way
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Windy Bank - Shops at 1-20 Fourth Avenue
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm: Riddings Road, Deighton – car park by former housing office

Wednesday 4 March

10:00 am – 11.15 am: Denby Dale – Pingle Rise
12:00 noon – 1:15 pm: Dalton – New Library & Information Centre, Ridgeway
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Meltham – Top shop on Helme Lane

As well as sponsoring the pink campervan, KNH has already organized a number of other events for tenants and residents to contribute to the National Conversation. However, there are several other ways in which people can take part. These include:

- Filling in a questionnaire - online or have a paper version sent.
- Attending a regional event
- Holding their own local conversation - tenants can hold their own event with neighbours. A resource pack is available to help tenant run these events.
- Taking part in a forum on the National Conversation website.