As the new series of Neighbourhood Watched begins, New Charter’s executive director of neighbourhoods Tony Powell says why the landlord let the TV cameras in
In the spotlight
Following our involvement in two successful series, the spotlight is back on us for a third instalment of Neighbourhood Watched.
Cameras have again been following our day-to-day work for nine months, which we feel gives an open and honest view into the world of social housing.
In our industry, we thrive on the element of something new each day and the satisfaction we feel when we overcome great hurdles.
From positive feedback received on previous series, we feel the programme has helped give the public a greater understanding of the work social housing providers do and the challenges we face.
In current times, we feel it is especially important to let our customers see what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ and give them a clearer understanding of how we’re working to improve their communities.
Although not a news programme, there is topicality with issues such as overcrowding, under occupation and the problems caused by hoarding. Importantly, the series also shows how we’re helping to make communities safer.
We are all aware of the significant pressures on social housing now and the greater challenges ahead; however by showing our work in this transparent way, we feel it helps to challenge misconceptions and build a more positive understanding of the role of social landlords in our society.
With greater demands for affordable housing, it’s more important than ever that the public understand what good housing providers are doing and what they can bring to communities. Housing is about people and through platforms like Neighbourhood Watched, we can show both the challenges and successes.
Facing the cameras without editorial control may seem brave, but the opportunity to portray our work so openly and positively, for us, is one not to be missed.
Neighbourhood Watched is being shown at 10.35pm on BBC One tonight. If you have any questions for Tony Powell please post them below and he will be online to answer your queries tomorrow (Friday).