Rebellion' alert over homes sale

PUBLISHED: 13:38 22 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:15 28 May 2010

COUNCIL tenants are on the brink of rebelling over the sale of their homes. They feel the transfer is being rammed down their throats , warns a confidential memo circulated to senior council officials. The claim is contained in an e-mail by Adrian Waite,

COUNCIL tenants are on the brink of rebelling over the sale of their homes.

They feel the transfer is being "rammed down their throats", warns a confidential memo circulated to senior council officials.

The claim is contained in an e-mail by Adrian Waite, the tenants' independent adviser, who also warns: "Tenants are being 'bulldozed.' As a result they are becoming hostile to the idea."

However, Mr Waite said this week he did not agree with the views expressed in his e-mail.

"I think Fenland Council has got it just about right," he said. "Some say they are being deluged with information, others say not being told anything. Both are extremes and there is a need for a balance."

His comments were circulated to housing chiefs last week after he attended a meeting of 20-30 members of the Ivy Leaf Tenants' Association in March.

Mr Waite said "negative perceptions" he picked up need dealing with before a tenants' meeting shortly in Wisbech.

He also believes some tenants believe "Fenland District Council is neglecting its duties as a landlord because of the proposed transfer."

They feel the council is either spending all its time on the transfer or is thinking that Roddons - the name of the new association earmarked to take over Fenland's 4,000 council homes - can sort out all the problems after transfer.

Tim Mills, Fenland Council's head of housing, said: "We have had a range of views expressed, many positive, some concerns and for a few people who have been to a number of events a feeling that we are repeating the same message.

"However, we know that there are people who still are not fully aware of the process which is why we continue to tour the district talking to people. We want to ensure that everybody has the facts before making up their mind.

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