Walsall Mayor Opens His Door to Housing Group Leaders
Published by Helen Zatte for Watmos Community Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Chairman Glenn Martin, middle, and new Chief Executive Officer Tom Hopkins, right, both of WATMOS Community Homes, receive a warm welcome at a reception hosted by Walsall’s Mayor Councillor Mohammad Nazir, left.
More than 20 committee members and staff from a tenant-run housing association inWalsallwere made to feel right at home when they attended an evening reception hosted by the town Mayor.
Mayor Councillor Mohammad Nazir invited tenants and staff from the unique Walsall-based housing group WATMOS Community Homes to his parlour on Friday 7th February.
The evening was a chance for the Mayor to thank residents and staff for the hospitality they had shown him, especially last year when WATMOS celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The group of 20 tenant management organisation members, WATMOS Chairman Glenn Martin and Chief Executive Officer Tom Hopkins took a tour of the Council House before enjoying refreshments with the Mayor in his parlour.
Mayor Councillor Nazir said: “I have enjoyed taking a close interest in what tenants across eightWalsallestates have achieved for themselves over the years.
“I wanted to thank them and the WATMOS staff for keeping me involved in their incredible journey transforming estates into thriving communities where people want to live.”
Chairman of WATMOS Community Homes Glenn Martin said they were delighted to have been hosted by the Mayor.
“Councillor Nazir has been a wonderful supporter of WATMOS for many years and it has been an honour to share our successes with him,” said Glenn.
“He has seen first hand the hard work tenants and staff have put in to help WATMOS grow to become one of the most successful local Housing Associations in theWest Midlands.
“He has joined us in celebrating the strong and close-knit communities we have created on our eightWalsallestates today.”
The eight estates represented at the reception were Avenues,Burrowes Street, Chuckery, Delves East, Delves West, Leamore, Sandbank and Twin Crescents Tenant Management Organisations.
Last July Councillor Nazir was guest of honour at the housing group’s official 10th birthday event atWarwickCastle.
He also attended a celebration inLondonin June 2012, then as Deputy Mayor, when three housing estates in Lambeth joined WATMOS.
WATMOS Community Homes, based inLichfield Street, became theUK’s first tenant-led housing association in 2003 after 1,750 homes on eight estates acrossWalsallwere transferred to WATMOS from Walsall Council.
Since then WATMOS has transformed areas once blighted by crime and drugs into desirable places to live and now owns 2,700 properties acrossWalsalland Lambeth.