Last Tuesday (23rd) saw a meeting the North Area Tenants Panel. A bit thin on the ground for this meeting, with several people missing due to illness or other meetings. Nothing much to report in terms of any new capital schemes or projects, but a detailed report on the troubles caused by the recent bad weather, with around 150 calls for roof or similar repairs, around 40 of which were on Gamesley.
As part of the report on repairs a discussion took place around whether tennents should be charged for certain types of ‘repairs related’ call outs. Ie when the call has caused by tenant ‘error’ such as no money in the gas meter, or when urgent repairs are arranged and the tenant then goes out, meaning the repair cannot take place. Whilst the general feeling of the meeting from the other residents was to be in favour of this, I have some concerns over this approach and would be interested in hearing what anyone thinks of the idea.
There was then some talk around the work going on to establish ‘neighbourhood action groups’ with the Glossop Central one having meet already, the Hadfield one due to meet at the end of Feb, and the Gamesley one due to meet on Friday, when more details will be available.
Finally the panel budget was again able to support a number of initiatives across the area, with £520 going to a Safer Homes Programme, £1000 to the Simmondley Youth Action Group, £1500 for improvements to Drovers Walk / Quarry Close area, and £600 to establish a young men’s group on Gamesley.