Tenants Association celebrates 10th anniversary

Press Release: 01/07/2008

The Mayor helps to cut the cake at the tenant association's anniverssary event

The Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Michael Read, and his Mayoress, Jan Read, were the guests of honour at the 10th anniversary of The Worthys’ Tenant and Leaseholder Association.

The association represents council tenants and leaseholders in King’s Worthy, Headbourne Worthy and Martyr Worthy. It is supported by both the Parish Council and Winchester City Council and, since its establishment in 1998, it has overseen numerous improvements to the area.

The Mayor and Mayoress were keen to lend their support to the occasion to acknowledge the association’s important role in the community. They were also intrigued by the association’s current plans to set up a ‘play area’ for pensioners.

In the last 10 years, the association has lobbied for dropped kerbs throughout the estate and road markings to improve parking.  It was also involved in fighting a proposed development at Churchill Close.

More than 40 people came along to the anniversary celebrations and the association even managed to sign-up several new members.

Paul Bungey, Chair of The Worthys Tenant & Leaseholder Association, said:  “It was a great day and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to organise and run the event. It has been a huge success and a great way to mark our 10th anniversary”

There are only six Tenant and Residents Associations across the Winchester district.  The City Council actively encourages tenants to form associations and provides training and support so they can become more involved in local issues.

The City Council’s Tenant Involvement Manager, Glynis Cole, said:  “Tenant participation is a key part of our housing work.  Tenant & Residents Associations play a full part in decision making and are represented on several council committees, including the Cabinet.

“The Worthys Association has shown what can be achieved and I would urge other tenants to think about forming their own Tenant Associations.”

For further information about tenant involvement or Tenant Associations please contact 0800 716 987, or email tenantinvolvement@winchester.gov.uk.