Over to you Ron:
We are representatives of your community and from time to time, some important decisions concering your community need to be made. Our problem is, not enough members of the Haddington East community seem to be interested in becoming more involved and as it is, we cannot consider ourselves a true cross section of the community.
I personally, would like to invite you to become more involved in the decision making process. I would like to see some new faces at our meetings, with new, fresh ideas. I want young people to become members of HETRA, because younger people have a more modern outlook.
You may think we are a bunch of old fuddy duddies, sitting around a table grunting, passing wind and scratching our bits while making decisions for you. Think again. Our meetings are fairly informal, although business is taken care of to the best of our ability, as old fuddy duddies do. We need you though. You can help make the important decisions which affect your community and environment.
Our next meeting will be held Monday, 8th August, in the Nungate community centre and I would like to see more of you becoming involved and voicing your opinions. You even get a cup of tea, or coffee.
Some of the area represented by HETRA
Since 2001, the Scottish Government has required landlords to actively develop and support tenant participation and HETRA meets regularly in order to make sure Haddington East folk get their say.
HETRA directly influences almost £100,000 of East Lothian Council spending. They undertake Estate Inspections to report repairs to the local Housing Officer, apply for funding for local campaigns – including the successful award of Lottery money to pay for two speed reactive cameras on Whittinghame Drive – and help local tenants who have encountered issues, like the Tyne Court members who suffered storm damage in 2011.
The chair of HETRA, Ron Goldie was elected four months ago and he is keen to increase the membership of the organisation and work with other tenants to achieve positive change in Haddington East.