Citywide Conference

Next meeting

  • Friday 19 October 2018, 1pm to 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton.

This year there is a full and varied agenda (PDF 66KB) so please come along.

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What is the Citywide Conference?People at the Citywide Conference

The Citywide Conference replaces the City Assembly and was agreed by the Area Panels. It is a yearly meeting where people representing resident associations and citywide groups meet to discuss topics that matter to tenants and leaseholders across the city. The result of the debates may lead to the changes you want to see.

All tenants, leaseholders and council residents are welcome. Councillors, senior housing managers and managers from Mears are normally available for questions.

If you want to know more about the Citywide Conference, please talk to your local tenant and resident association representatives or contact

 The agenda is planned by a sub-group elected from members of the Involvement and Empowerment Service Improvement Group and the chair and vice/chair of the Citywide Conference who are elected annually at the conference. 

Previous Citywide Conference - Saturday, 8 July 2017People at the Citywide Conference

What’s myth, what’s fact’ was the theme chosen by the resident planning group for this July’s Citywide Conference. 

Officers updated tenants about the importance of keeping Anti-Social Behaviour diary sheets and Housing’s new powers with Closure Orders.  The Allocations Team spoke about the legal requirements involved in getting to the top of Housing's waiting list.  Residents were assured that existing tenants will keep their secure tenancies.  However flexible tenancies will be coming in for new tenants.  The Community Payback Team talked to tenants about their work and updated them on the process for applying to the Estate Development Budget for materials. 

Tenants participated in workshops on successful planning for Estate Development Budget projects, with a focus on gardening projects, with help facilitating from resident Lynn Bennett (Manor Farm).  Alan Cooke  (Craven Vale) helped facilitate a workshop on different methods of consultation.  Manager’s Question Time was dominated by questions about City Clean.

Numbers in attendance were down this year to just 31 tenants.  Perhaps it was because it was such a hot sunny day.

Chris El-Shabba is the resident chair of the conference and worked with four residents to plan the day.  Fire Safety was added to the agenda; and three residents attended in response to the fire safety information put through every high rise property’s door.  A minute's silence for all those affected by the Grenfell tragedy was held at the start of the event.

The buffet at the end was provided by Dottie’s Café, from East Brighton Park – the staff are almost exclusively deaf.

If you want a copy of the Minutes from this Citywide Conference, please contact the Resident Involvement Team for a copy on 01273 294651 or email us at