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A bit more about us

Stroud District Council is the only council in Gloucestershire that still manages its own housing stock with over 5,000 properties located across an area of 400 square miles. The Council’s social landlord responsibilities are delivered by Tenant Service who must comply with government regulations and strategic decisions made by the Council’s democratically elected Housing Committee.

Housing committee
Our Housing Committee is made up of Councillors who provide focused governance of the housing service.

The Councillors set a strategic direction and priorities for the Housing Service, and monitor the performance of the service against these strategic priorities. 

You can find copies of housing committee meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes here .

You can also watch live and previous webcasts of committee meetings.

Management structure
Our housing senior management team are responsible for managing the activities of housing staff and advising housing committee councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

  • Keith Gerrard, Director of Communities
  • Andy Kefford, Strategic Head of Housing
  • Tara Skidmore, Head of Assets and Investment (Council Housing)
  • Vacant, Head of Tenant Relationships

A ‘Housing Improvement Group’ of senior managers meet monthly to oversee and monitor key housing projects and improvements. 

Key areas of work
The Housing Service’s work includes:

  • The building of new affordable council homes across the district comprising properties for rent and shared ownership.
  • Ensuring the council meets consumer standards set out by the Regulator of Social Housing.
  • Investing up to £12m each year on planned works, cyclical painting, and repairs to homes to help meet all regulatory standards. Including improving the energy efficiency of homes through the installation of loft, cavity wall, and external wall insulation to help tackle fuel poverty.
  • Providing a directly delivered effective and efficient repairs and maintenance service.
  • Ensuring tenants abide by the terms of their tenancy agreement including Dealing with Anti Social Behaviour (ASB), fraud, condition of gardens and inside the property, fire risk assessments on communal blocks and taking legal action against serious offenders including injunctions and evictions where appropriate.
  • Collecting all rental income due to the Council (around £23 Million per year) and other income related charges.
  • Delivery of an Independent Living service, utilising site officers for maintenance tasks and support officers for landlord based support to tenants.