Councillor David Harvey was appointed as Cabinet Member for Housing Services in January 2020 and will be responsible for driving change and leading on improvements within the service.
Following his appointment, he said: “I’m very much looking forward to working with local ward Councillors, the expert housing services staff and residents, along with my deputies Councillor Richard Elcho and Councillor Jim Glen.”
Cllr Harvey has been the ward Councillor for Vincent Square since 2010 and lives in Pimlico. He’s passionate about making sure residents are always at the heart of our services, and one of his biggest priorities will be to ensure the service is efficient, proactive and most importantly, meets the needs of Westminster residents and communities.
Over the coming months, Cllr Harvey will be making visits to estates to meet residents from across the borough and gain an understanding of their experiences of the service. Recently he spent an afternoon on a My Estate Walkabout at Blandford Estate in Marylebone as part of the Local Housing Services Offer, where members of the local Resident’s Association came along to share issues that they feel should be prioritised in a My Estate Action Plan.
“I encourage residents to get involved by sharing their feedback for a My Estate Action Plan in the online survey, which is being sent out by letter and email over the coming months. Residents can also visit our area service centres to fill out the paper copy of the survey or call the customer services team for help.”
Building long-lasting change in the way that the service delivers for residents is a key priority for Cllr Harvey. He recognises that there is always room to improve, and that there’s a great deal of opportunity to transform the way the council does things, even in small ways.
“We can implement new technologies to connect us to residents faster, and work to better coordinate the various services in our estates that support our residents. Feedback from our residents is really important and will help us to continue to drive that change forward.”
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