Protest at ‘unforgivable’ housing plan handling

Tenants will rally against Stevenage Borough Council tomorrow (Saturday) to protest against the handling of a housing changeover plan.

The Federation of Stevenage Tenants Associations are leading the campaign for greater transparency, consultation and access to independent advice over a proposed move by the authority to take back control of its housing stock from current management company, Stevenage Homes.

Les Isaacs, chairman of FOSTA, said a draft letter to be sent out to residents seen by the group is inaccurate and misleading.

“The tenants won’t lie down and roll over on this. We don’t like the council’s tactics and their information is full of errors and inaccuracies. As a result, there is considerable upset that the tenants have not been treated in an open and transparent manner,” he said.

“It is unforgivable that we were not offered an independent tenant advisor to help us at the beginning with understanding all of this, so we have not been able to challenge it.”

The federation want Stevenage Homes to retain its position as landlords, arguing that since taking over in 2006 there has been a continuous service improvement and high levels of satisfaction amongst tenants.

The rally takes place at Stevenage Leisure Centre at 11.30am.

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