On Thursday night, I attended Harlow Council’s Cabinet meeting to ask two questions. They were:
Why is this council so reluctant to call a Tenants’ meeting to discuss the increase, over many years, of the number of repairs made the responsibility of the council tenant?
The reply was not exceptional and in the 30 odd years of trying to improve the lot of council tenants in this town I came away with a response that I have heard so many times: Apparently the council do consult tenants’ on housing repairs. And the tenants’ are happy with having to do the repair they were consulted on. On that basis the council did not need to call a meeting with tenants’ to discuss the issue.
Are you as a council tenant happy with the current housing repairs system adopted by the council? Would you like a meeting to discuss this matter with the council?
The second question was: Has the council considered putting residents, leaseholders and tenants on the HTS board? If not, why not?
The Council had apparently considered this option but considered it was not relevant to their current management arrangement. The argument would be: if they did include residents, tenants and leaseholders on the HTS board would my first question need to be asked? I suspect not.
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