Environmental champions take to the streets
Published by Melanie Armstrong for Homes For Northumberland in Housing
HFN officers gather with their team of tenant Environmental Champions
An army of tenants have joined together to review the standard of their estates and improve the place where they live.
Homes for Northumberland has set up a new group of tenants, known as Environmental Champions, who will be responsible for monitoring the grounds maintenance services on their estates in Blyth Valley and Alnwick – from grass cutting and fly tipping to graffiti and dog fouling. Tenants will tell the housing company the standard they expect and will contribute to making their communities safer, cleaner and more pleasant.
Ian McLeman, a tenant from Concorde House, said: “I attended the Environmental Champions meeting following the Tenants Conference in 2012, which brought home the importance of the work HfN are doing to keep the surrounding area in a good condition and pleasant to live in. The more residents who get involved the better, and participating in the panel gives me a real sense of community and pride.”
Tim Harris, interim Director of Neighbourhood Services at Homes for Northumberland, said: “We are dedicated to ensuring the estates where tenants live are of the highest standard and we want to work hand in hand with local residents to ensure we are meeting their expectations.
“The Environmental Champions are our eyes and ears out on the estates and can highlight any problem areas to us to help make sure they are addressed and resolved as quickly as possible. This project really empowers those in the Northumberland community to take ownership of their neighbourhood and shape it, with the full support of their housing company.”
For more information on becoming an Environmental Champion, please contact Homes for Northumberland on 01670 542424 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org