Localism Minister The Rt Hon Don Foster MP has praised Leathermarket JMB for its ‘country-leading’ work as he met with residents, staff and local dignitaries.
The Minister arranged the visit to see how the JMB had been taking forward tenant management in England through its self-financing initiative and also how the JMB had been getting involved in a number of other community initiatives from Neighbourhood Planning to the Community Right to Build. He was joined on the visit by Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Simon Hughes and councillors Richard Livingstone, Tim McNally and Claire Hickson.
As part of the tour, he popped in on Terry and Gillian Smith of Simla House to hear how the JMB was delivering the Decent Homes improvements.He also had a long discussion with JMB residents and staff about how the organisation has built on its history to remain a strong and vibrant force for its residents.
Mr Foster said: “As long as I’m a Minister I will be a huge positive supporter of Tenant Management Organisations, I’m really keen to have strong tenant participation.
“I really believe in this stuff – You are the country’s leaders with all of this here.”
Before he left, the Minister also paid tribute to the 17 years of volunteers who had helped build the JMB into what it is today, pausing for a photograph by the Directors Board in the JMB Office.