Residents’ Associations (RAs) play an important role in representing the interests of tenants and leaseholders in a particular local area (normally an estate) and can influence local decision making about things that affect or interest them.
Anyone living in the defined area can be a member of the RA and there are opportunities for individuals to play a part in running and promoting their group.
Residents’ Associations typically hold monthly committee meetings and at least four public meetings a year that are open to all of their members. Guest speakers are often invited along to talk to members about things of local interest or to promote local or sometimes national services.
Why start a Residents' Association?
- A RA that is democratically elected is often more likely to be able to influence change than one individual voice
- A RA can influence local decision making about things that affect residents - for example housing and planning issues
- RA’s can work with the Council to address specific issues and seek appropriate solutions that are often community based
- Residents get the opportunity to meet people from their area that they might otherwise never see and organise social and/or fundraising events
- A RA enables people on the same estate to share experiences, skills, and knowledge
- RA’s help build safer, stronger, more involved communities with residents best interests at heart
- RA’s can lobby for improvements to your estate by talking directly with Council staff involved in proposed schemes to change the local area
- Effective, well organised RA’s can become the main local body for consultation when the council undertakes major projects
Residents Association start up
- Guide to setting up a Residents’ Association (pdf)
- Residents' Association Start Up Grant Application Form (Word)
Staff from the Youth and Citizenship Team will be happy to provide support and guidance to people wishing to set up new groups and, depending on staff availability, will help set up and attend an initial meeting.
There are a number of Residents Associations already established in Harlow. Please see below for a list of all RA’s that are formally recognised by Harlow Council after having provided the groups bank account details; details of the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer and submitting a written constitution for approval by the Council’s Youth and Citizenship Team.
Registered Residents Associations in Harlow
|Ward||Resident Association||Contact details|
|Great Parndon||Great Parndon|
|Harlow Common||Latton Common||
Chair: Jenni Goodwin
|Little Parndon and Hare Street||East End, Roydon Road|
|Old Harlow||Churchgate Street|
Chair: Zulqar Cheema
|MAZE (Ayletts Field, The Briars, Copshall Close and Gladden Court)||
Chair: Su Lawton
|Sumners and Kingsmoor||Halyday House|
Some RA’s have given the Council consent to display their contact details on this website and others have chosen not to. If you would like to contact a RA without contact details above, we will be pleased to pass on your name, address and telephone number to the Chairperson of your local group should you wish to speak to someone about joining your local RA or in connection with any other matter.
The Youth and Citizenship Team is often asked to pass on information from third parties to RA’s and this can help keep groups in touch with what is happening locally and raise awareness of events/activities that may be of interest to people living in Harlow i.e. The Big Lunch, Make A Difference Day etc. The team can also supply this information direct to individuals who are interested in getting involved in local events - please contact Jeanette Dunlevy on 01279 446190 to have your name added to the team’s distribution list.
If you would like to be put in touch with your local RA please contact the Youth and Citizenship Team on 01279 446190 or 446192 or by email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org