Residents sign-up for “watchdog” role for £650 million regeneration project
Published by Robert.Davies for IPB Communications in Housing and also in Communities
Salford Councillor and ward member Gina Reynolds joins residents signing up for the Pendleton Assembly
Residents have signed up to scrutinise a £650 million regeneration project set to transform their homes and neighbourhoods.
They have joined the Pendleton Assembly to oversee key parts the regeneration project which is due to launch soon in Pendleton, Salford.
A recruitment drive was held to get the local community to sign up to the assembly which will oversee the refurbishment and housing management work of the consortium, Pendleton Together, delivering the regeneration scheme.
The Pendleton Together project will see more than 1,600 new energy efficient homes built and more than 1,250 existing council-owned properties improved, including the area’s iconic tower blocks. The scheme is set to generate 500 jobs; create 24 new small and medium business enterprises; provide skills training for 3,200 local people and 2,000 work experience opportunities.
The consortium, Pendleton Together, which will deliver the regeneration project, includes social landlord Together Housing Group and building and regeneration specialist Keepmoat. Pendleton Together will work in partnership with Salford City Council.
Assembly members will now undergo training to prepare for their roles under the guidance of TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service).
Tom Miskell, Chief Executive of Together Housing Group, the organisation leading the consortium, said: “The assembly will be critical in ensuring we are delivering the level of service residents have a right to expect. It will scrutinise the services Pendleton Together is providing and look at ways for improving service delivery.
“Local people have already played such a big role in the project. Over the last decade they have said what improvements they want to see and so it is important they continue to stay involved once the regeneration project gets underway.”
Michelle Reid, TPAS Chief Executive, said: “We recognised the importance that Salford City Council and its partners place on real and meaningful customer involvement. The award winning Customer Senate at Salix Homes, which TPAS helped to create, is just one example that we have used whilst developing the resident assembly model for Pendleton.
“Residents in Pendleton have always had a mission – to change their communities and homes for the better. Their enthusiasm for change has been infectious and the assembly will prove key in ensuring the changes they want are delivered.”
Assembly member Tom Smith said: “I have lived in Pendleton for six years and, like a lot of other residents, have been waiting to see changes. I signed up as I felt as a member of Pendleton’s community I had a duty to make sure the project delivers for local people.”
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