The Association of Retained Council Housing (ARCH) announced
tenant, William 'Ted' Jones from Stevenage Borough Council, as the
2016 ARCH Community Champion at their Tenants' Conference on
Thursday 22 September.
The award recognises the commitment and hard work undertaken by
tenants of ARCH members to improve their local communities. The
ARCH Tenants' conference is held every year and is organised by the
ARCH Tenants' Group.
Ted joined his local residents group in 2010 and has since
successfully campaigned for several initiatives to improve his
local area including resurfacing of a road, the regeneration of a
local shopping square, setting up a new community centre and
successfully presenting the case for Decent Homes to the Select
Committee at Westminster which resulted in a grant for £55million
to provide a better living standard for tenants.
Maureen Herdman, Resident Involvement Manager at Stevenage
Council said, "Ted is proof that community spirit is still very
much alive in Stevenage through his work and drive to make his
local area a better place for everyone."
Jenny Hill, chair of the ARCH Tenants' Group said, "We received
some great nominations, however Ted's stood out to the judges. Over
the years, he's achieved so much for the wider community as well as
for tenants. He has worked tirelessly to make his local area a
better place to live."
ARCH would like to thank Warwick District Council, Ian Williams,
Thistle Insurance and HouseMark for supporting the conference.