Plaid press ahead with plans to meet housing quality standards after tenants’ vote


An action plan will be drawn up to meet housing quality standards, Councillor Lyn Ackerman, Caerphilly Council Cabinet member for public services and housing, has pledged.

Councillor Ackerman was speaking after tenants voted almost two to one for their homes to remain under the ownership and management of the local authority.

The Plaid Cymru Cabinet member said: “Our tenants have spoken and voted decisively to stay with the council. I’d like to thank everyone that took part in the process for their work, including the tenants’ panel and shadow Castell Mynydd board. It was important that tenants were given an opportunity to make their views known and now we must now strive to improve our housing stock.

“It is important that we prepare an action plan which sets out clearly the processes for meeting the Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) by 2019-20. That has to be the top priority following the ballot result.

“The ballot vote indicates tenants feel very comfortable in allowing the council to have the responsibility for delivering the WHQS in seven years’ time and that can be achieved with our excellent housing staff,” added Councillor Ackerman.

The ballot was run by the Electoral Reform Services, an independent and widely respected organisation that runs ballots for trades unions and building societies.