Southwark Tenant Conference 2018
The conference has run for the last twenty years. It provides residents who live in Southwark council managed properties with an opportunity to meet their peers, council officers, councillors, to discuss and debate key issues affecting their homes and estates.
This year’s conference was held on Saturday 10 November 2018. The themes for this year were the Resident Involvement Review, Youth Violence and Regeneration. 125 delegates attended this year’s event.
This year’s programme was as follows:
Resident Involvement Review (RIR) - this session featured contributions from Cllr Stephanie Cryan (Cabinet Member for Housing Management and Modernisation) and Steve Hedger (Chair of Tenant Council). There was a lively and passionate discussion about the council’s proposals and methodology. This session was chaired by Cris Claridge, Conference Working Party member and chair of Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations (SGTO).
Youth crime - this session featured a film made by the Rainbow Collective and young people from the Brimmington and Pomeroy estates in Peckham. The film was commissioned by the Tenant Fund Management Committee (TFMC). The young people involved in making this film attended the conference. SGTO Youth Forum performed a short play about the pressures faced by young people growing up in Southwark. Cllr Akoto (Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health) and Chief Inspector Annemarie Cowly also spoke about the challenges of working to prevent youth crime. All speakers emphasised the need for collaborative working with residents. .
Regeneration - this session included a film made by Rainbow Collective and residents living in regeneration areas in Southwark. Residents gave a personal account of their experience. A guest speaker from Haringey shared his own experience of regeneration.
Question Time Panel - this had a similar format to the BBC television programme. This year the panel included Cllr Johnson Situ (Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning), Cllr Leo Pollak (Cabinet Member for Social Regeneration, Great Estates and New Council Homes) and Cllr Graham Neale (Southwark Liberal Democrat Council Group). The panel considered questions on: regeneration, affordable housing, councillors’ attendance at resident meetings and the resident involvement review.
The conference featured a market place with information stalls. Exhibitors included: Veolia (council repair contractors), Community Southwark and the Metropolitan Police
The 2019 conference is planned to take place in November. (Further details to follow.)
Page last updated: 05 August 2019