AROUND 100 people visited Angus Council’s housing roadshows in Montrose, Monifieth and Kirriemuir recently. Each event allowed tenants and the public to meet council staff and raise important issues.
A wide range of current housing topics were covered and discussed. Participants heard how funding from the council’s grant submissions to the Scottish Government is being applied to the its new build programme.
The council’s policy of incorporating high levels of insulation and integrating renewable technology in new houses where possible, as a means to alleviate fuel poverty, was highlighted.
Delegates heard about the allocation of housing in Angus, and a detailed explanation of housing benefit changes was widely welcomed. Individual surgery sessions throughout the events also provided people with a chance to find solutions to any of their own personal housing questions.
The council has involved tenants in housing policy initiatives for more than 10 years and plans to broaden numbers in the future.
Angus Council’s housing spokesperson, Councillor Jim Millar, commented: “One of the council’s roles is to make sure we reach out to the community to canvas their views, using a range of methods. I’m pleased that the success of these events shows that we are continuing to go about things in the right way.
“We especially value the contribution of tenants in shaping our housing services – these roadshows have highlighted how their participation is helping us to ensure that we deliver the right kind of housing that our customers want and expect.”