Large turnout at conference

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NORTH Lanarkshire Council’s recent annual tenants’ conference had its highest turnout to date.

A total of 170 tenants and residents attended the New Horizons conference, which featured a range of workshops, information sessions and housing news.

Among the key issues discussed were changes to the welfare system, the repairs service and the importance of gas maintenance, and the development of the new tenant participation strategy for 2012 to 2015.

Those who attended viewed the New Horizons DVD which featured tenant and resident groups and the new build programme Building for the Future.

Councillor Barry McCulloch, convener of housing and social work services, said: “Year on year our conference provides an excellent opportunity for tenants, residents and local tenant groups to meet and discuss key housing issues,

“It is important that we listen to the views of tenants and residents and use their feedback to further improve our housing services.

“The conference gives us an excellent opportunity to do this and I would like to thank all those who took the time to take part and help shape local services and facilities.”

The conference also included the presentation of the estate awards, where the best gardens across North Lanarkshire were honoured.