New trust to manage council homes in Welwyn Hatfield

A NEW housing body is to be launched to improve the quality of council homes. The Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust will work together with tenants and residents to improve housing and neighbourhood projects throughout the community.

A NEW housing body is to be launched to improve the quality of council homes.

The Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust will work together with tenants and residents to improve housing and neighbourhood projects throughout the community.

Paul Wren, chairman of the Welwyn Hatfield Tenants' Panel, said: "This is a crucial time ahead and we need to take this opportunity with both hands for the whole area.

"It is going to make Welwyn Hatfield a much better and brighter place."


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The initiative, due to launch next April, will mean housing stock will continue to be owned by the council, but service management will be controlled by a separate, semi-independent body.

This will allow the trust to bypass administrative red tape and focus upon service production and quality.

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John Briggs, the council's director of housing, said: "By becoming semi-

independent, we will be able to achieve higher ratings and give tenants a greater say in how their homes are managed."

A management board will be set up and will be made up of seven local tenants, five independent experts and three council members.

Tenants will now have a greater say in the key decisions surrounding council housing and community projects.

Mr Briggs added: "The trust is all about us being much more accessible to our tenants and providing a better service.

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