Last Saturday I took a trip into the Council House to meet with the representatives of the Residents Executive Committee. This meeting was open to all elected members of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and residents. It is a shame then that only three out of a possible thirty four councillors bothered.
I was warmly greeted and shown through a whistle-stop presentation of the works program for the Residents Executive Committee for 2009. Comprising residents, this committee does valuable work throughout the council.
To quote from the website: -
The REC work at a strategic level looking at all aspects of the Housing Service.
Why do we do it?
How do we do it ?
How much will it cost?
They want to ensure work gets done on time, that it meets the agreed standard, and tenants and leaseholders get best value for money on all housing services. They work together with contractors and housing services to ensure the best job is done.
Members of the REC do not take or report repairs, or deal with complaints. We have complaints forms that are monitored and the REC only get involved if they feel the system has failed in some way.
Publicity is always a problem for such groups. Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council could do more to help. Their website page is hardly inspiring. I shall be making representation to I.T about this. Surely we can do better than that for our primary residents input group.
The Residents Executive Committee exists to represent tenants and leaseholders of the borough council within council meetings and to make sure that their interests are put across to members and officers of the council. They do ‘mystery shop’ council services as well, sometimes with interesting results.