There are Housing Liaison Boards ( HLBs) in each Ward in Yardley District: Acocks Green, Sheldon, South Yardley and Stechford and Yardley North. HLBs are groups of tenants , leaseholders and owner occupiers who meet once a month to influence Housing Department policy and to monitor the performance of the Housing Department . HLBs also work with Housing Staff, the police, local Councillors and other agencies to build better neighbourhoods. Representatives from our Repairs contractors also attend HLBs who monitor their performance. HLBs have a budget for improvements to communal facilities and do projects such as creating a new bin storage area at Needwood House Acocks Green.
Please email me on Andy.Sheppard@birmingham.gov.uk if you think you might like to try attending a meeting .
There are four Housing Liaison Boards in Yardley District one for each Ward. If you are a Council tenant or Council leaseholder you are welcome to come along and observe any of our HLB meetings , please phone me on 0121 464 1615 and then pop along you may then wish to ask to join. We are looking for members for all four of our HLBs and at each one you will get a warm welcome and an excellent cup of tea and coffee with biscuits! The meetings dates are as follows:
Acock’s Green HLB 6.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month (for example Tuesday15 January 2013 ) in the Community Room St Marys Close Sheltered Housing Scheme Acock’s Green.
Sheldon HLB 1.30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month( for example 1.30pm Thursday 24 January 2013) in the Community Room at Manston Road Sheldon.
South Yardley HLB 1.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month ( for example 1.30pm Wednesday 6 February 2013) in the Community Room , Kings Road Sheltered Housing Scheme Kings Road, Tyseley.
Stechford and Yardley North HLB 12 noon on the second Wednesday of the month( for example Wednesday 13 February 2013) in the Community Room , Bucklow Walk,off Ipstones Avenue, Stechford.
One of the best ways for Council Tenants and Council Leaseholders to get involved in improving their neighbourhoods is to join a Housing Liaison Board. Housing Liaison Boards work with Housing staff , the Police, Elected members and the Housing Department’s repairs contractor on projects to improve neighbourhoods. HLBs also monitor the performance of the Housing Department. HLBs are normally Ward based and there is a HLB for each of the four Wards in Yardley District. HLBs are given a budget ( based on the number of Council properties in the Ward) to improve Council Estates. These budgets are used on projects such as gating , cctv and fencing on communal areas where the community will benefit and not on improving individual properties. Owner occupiers can also join HLBs by invitation. For more details on HLBs phone Andy Sheppard on 0121 464 1615 , or email him at Andy.Sheppard@birmingham.co.uk