Debate to take place on council housing

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Council tenants and leaseholders in south east Northumberland are being invited to attend a meeting to debate local council housing issues.

The tenant led event will provide the opportunity for members of the public to put questions to senior officers from Northumberland County Council’s housing department and to hear about issues affecting housing management and maintenance both locally and nationally.

The Big Debate is open to all tenants and leaseholders in the south east of the county and will take place on Monday, November 9, between 6pm and 8pm in Blyth Civic Centre.

At the beginning of September the management of more than 8,000 council houses in the county was brought within the county council.

The team from Homes for Northumberland, the arms-length organisation that previously managed the council’s portfolio of homes, has now joined Northumberland County Council’s housing service.

Coun Allan Hepple, cabinet member responsible for housing at Northumberland County Council, said: “The debate will provide a great opportunity for our tenants to meet staff from the housing service, to find out what has been happening over the last year and to get an update on any plans for the area.

“There will be a question and answer session at the end of the presentations and we welcome the views and thoughts of our tenants.

“The council is striving to continue all the good work of Homes for Northumberland and be an excellent landlord.

“Key to this is working closely with our tenants. If you are able to come along on Monday, please do.”