Tenant's Panel

The Tenants Panel is made up of volunteers from your community who represent all Darlington Borough Council tenants.  They meet regularly and are involved in making decisions about how our services are delivered. They scrutinise our performance and help us with our policies and strategies.

We’re always keen to expand our Tenant's Panel so if you would like to know more please contact our Customer Engagement Officer, Matt by phone 01325 406682or email[email protected] To find out more about our Tenant's Panel please see below.

Communications and Engagement

Co-ordinator Matt Hufford

What is your role within the Council?

I am the Communications and Engagement Co-ordinator. A role which is extremely varied but involves working closely with all tenants. I also chair the Tenants Panel meetings which occur every couple of months.

What do you like best about your role?

My role is varied and challenging but extremely enjoyable and has changed a lot in the last 6 months after I have been able to get out and about more.

Why is the tenants panel so important?

The tenants panel is vital as they are an important part of the decision making within the housing team. I come to the group with a range of issues and policies and the panel offer their views and challenge us where necessary.

Can anyone join the panel?

If you are a council tenant and are enthusiastic about the area that you live, then the Tenants Panel could be for you. More information can be provided via email at [email protected] or give me a call on 01325 406682. All meetings are advertised on our Facebook page so feel free to come down to session.

Tenant's panel member Denise

How long have you been a council tenant?

34 Years and counting

Which area of town do you live in and what is the best part about living there?

I live in the Haughton area of town. It is a lovely tight knit community where everyone looks after each other.

How long have you been a member of the tenants panel?

Approximately 15 Years

What is the best thing about being a member of the tenant’s panel?

 The meetings are always extremely informative with lots to discuss. They are always made interesting and it’s good to see what is going on

Is there anything you would change about your area or the town as a whole?

More residents joining the DBC panels local residents’ associations.  Everyone should show an interest in their local community

Tenant's panel member Karen

How long have you been a council tenant?

I have been a council tenant for two years since my flat was built.

Which area of town do you live in and what is the best part about living there?

I live in the Lingfield area of the town. Darlington is a lovely market town. The regeneration is happening so fast and looking good.

How long have you been a member of the tenants panel?

I have been a member of the tenants panel for approximately 1 year.

What is the best thing about being a member of the tenant’s panel?

The tenants panel gets you involved with the workings of the council, information that goes out to all Council Tenants. I feel that the panel provides me with a voice for my community.

Is there anything you would change about your area or the town as a whole?

The main issue that bothers people locally is the constant littering and fly tipping as well as dog fouling. The town is a fantastic place to live, and I want to encourage people to have a bit of pride in their neighbourhood.

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