Election time! Do you want to represent Leaseholders?
“The Forum chosen three years ago has worked well for you. The commitment of our new members changed policy in Camden for the better. Individual members took personal interests in heating systems, regeneration, procurement for repairs and major works or even, recently, parking. Camden Council has been made to pay attention and we’ve changed policy and working practices on the ground. Many of you have come with problems, and have attended our ‘open meetings’ where you can question senior officers and councillors. Most members had little experience before joining the Forum but, coming together regularly and supporting each other, we have been able to improve our lot.” Peter Wright, current Chair of Camden Leaseholders’ Forum
Every 3 years we all stand down and there are elections for all 25 places; usually (as now) there are free spaces after three years anyway for new members to join. Do you want to stand? Read on for more information and eligibility criteria.
What is the Forum
The Leaseholders’ Forum is a volunteer group representing all leaseholders in Camden Council properties and also freeholders paying service charges to Camden Council. It scrutinises Camden Council proposals, examines working practices and lobbies on behalf of leaseholders to Camden officers, councillors and tenants. The Forum is independent; it sets its own agenda. It retains rights to meet without anyone from Camden Council, as well as to arrange open meetings which any leaseholder may attend and address.
- Name of the person being nominated (this may be either yourself or someone else who is agreeable to stand)
- Camden address of the nominated person – this will be checked to show liability to pay service charges to Camden Council
- If the person nominating is different from the nominated person, then the nominating person’s Camden address is also required, as they must also pay service charges to Camden Council
- Nominated person’s email address
- Nominated person’s phone number
- Personal Statement of up to 100 words (reasons why the nominated person is standing)
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or post to Graeme Beedham, Head of Tenant & Leaseholder Engagement, Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, Kings Cross, WC1H 9JE.
CLOSING DATE FOR NOMINATIONS IS 31st July 2015.
Who can stand? (eligibility criteria)
Forum representatives must be over 18 and leaseholders of Camden Council residential property (or freeholders of ex-Camden Council properties liable to pay service charges to Camden). Camden employees and serving Councillors are not eligible to stand for election.
There’s lots more information on our website about the Leaseholders’ Forum but you might like to start with our “About Us” document which details what the current Leaseholders’ Forum has been getting up to for the last 3 years. Perhaps most useful are the constitution, code of conduct, and the personal statements from those who currently represent you on the Forum.
The 25 available places are divided up into 5 districts of 5 places each. The districts are Camden Town, Gospel Oak, Hampstead, Holborn and Kentish Town. No district can elect more than 5 people. If more than 5 people do stand for a particular district (which doesn’t always happen), ballot papers will be sent out with Camden Council’s September service charge statements. Applicants who meet the appropriate criteria and stand in areas where there are not more than 5 candidates will be elected automatically.
All applicants will be contacted before the first meeting of the new Camden Leaseholders’ Forum. The first meeting will be an introductory session on 24th November 2015 at 6.45pm at Camden Town Hall for the newly elected Forum members to meet each other and then to hear from Mike Edmunds about Camden Council Leaseholder Services.
You can either post these to our online discussion group so current members can respond, or contact Graeme Beedham (Head of Tenant & Leaseholder Engagement at Camden Council) on 020 7974 7056.
We also have Camden Leaseholders’ Forum meetings on and 16th June and 28th July (both at 6.45pm at Camden Town Hall). If you are still unsure as to whether you want to apply, you can always apply and then attend the meeting to find out more.
ps. We would also like to thank Camden Council who have agreed to act on our behalf for the election process.
That’s it for now!
on behalf of Camden Leaseholders’ Forum
More information available at: https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk
If you know of anyone who would like to receive updates from Camden Leaseholders’ Forum please direct them to https://www.leaseholdersforum.org.uk/mailing-list where they can sign up.