Islington Housing Bosses Snub Leaseholders

Leaseholders left hanging as BOTH housing bosses invited to monthly meeting fail to turn up

PUBLISHED: 18:37 11 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:31 12 April 2019

Ramzy Alwakeel . Islington Gazzette

https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/islington-leaseholders-association-disappointed-as-cllr-diarmaid-ward-misses-meeting-1-5992312

Irate leaseholders piled in to Islington Town Hall last night for their chance to quiz two housing chiefs – but neither of them turned up.

News of Cllr Diarmaid Ward’s illness failed to reach Islington Leaseholders’ Association (ILA), who found out the hard way that the Islington Council cabinet member for housing wasn’t going to be there.

Nor were right-to-buy homeowners able to question the only other invited guest, Partners for Improvement managing director Tom Irvine, as he had excused himself from the agenda some six weeks earlier.

Cllr Ward told the Gazette he believed apologies had been given for the fact he was off work ill, but ILA chair Dr Brian Potter insists they were never received.

By contrast, Mr Irvine gave so much notice of his absence that there was time to invite him to the March ILA meeting instead. It is not known whether he made it.

Mr Irvine’s reticence may be understandable: he was subjected to a sustained battering by tenants, leaseholders and politicians alike at Islington’s housing scrutiny committee in February. Council chiefs, including Cllr Ward, have made little secret of their distaste for the long-running PFI 1 and PFI 2 contracts.

Islington offloaded management of some 6,500 houses to Partners in the early 2000s, with PFI 1 due to expire in 2033 and PFI 2, which covers 4,100 homes across the borough, set to run out in three years’ time. The Partners – Hyde Housing Association, Rydon Property Maintenance, United Living and Halifax Bank of Scotland – have been accused of letting properties fall into disrepair, despite performance figures alleging they are hitting targets.

Cllr Ward told the Gazette he would speak to Dr Potter to apologise.

“I’m happy to come to the next meeting and in the meantime I will ask that any matters that came up at the meeting are emailed to me,” he said.

Dr Potter made his feelings about the snub plain in a group email to ILA members this afternoon.

“To those leaseholders,” he said, “who attended last night’s meeting at the town hall in anticipation of speaking to Cllr Diarmaid Ward, chair of housing and development, thank you.

“Unfortunately, as you are aware, Cllr Ward was nowhere to be seen.

“Nor did he bother to communicate his intentions to boycott our meeting by email, phone or representative.

“Please be aware that as of this moment I have yet to receive any form of communication from either Cllr Ward, or his department, much less an apology in regard to Cllr Ward’s lack of common courtesy to Islington leaseholders and the ILA, at his failure to attend a meeting to which he had agreed to attend on more than one occasion.”

Dr Potter also encouraged leaseholders to complain individually to Cllr Ward, including the councillor’s email address in enormous letters at the bottom of his rant.

ILA Meet Wed 10.04.19

Islington Leaseholders Association Monthly Meeting

On

Wednesday 10th April 2019

In

Islington Town Hall

At

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Guest Speaker: Cllr Ward (Chair of Housing and development) who will be answering questions on all/any leasehold issues effecting Islington council leaseholders…Including those currently managed by “Partners for Islington” under the PFI 1 + 2 Contracts…

Attendee’s are advised to arrive early so we can address the maximum number of issues at this meeting…

 Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter @ilaorguk

Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website ww.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms

ILA Meet Wed 13.03.19

Islington Leaseholders Association Monthly Meeting

On

Wednesday 13th  March 2019

In

Islington Town Hall

At

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Guest Speaker: TBC

 Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter @ilaorguk

Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website ww.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms

Partners PFI Scrutiny meeting Tues 12.02.19

Scrutiny of Partners for Improvement in Islington’s performance


Partners for Islington’s Managing Director Tom Irvine will be giving evidence.

Islington Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee

Next Tuesday Evening 12th February 2019

Committee Room 4

Islington Town Hall, Upper Street

The chair does accept questions from members of the public but only providing that they have been present from the start of the meeting. The meeting starts at 19.30 (seven thirty) 

The agenda can be accessed at:- https://democracy.islington.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=267&MId=3463&Ver=4

This is a rare opportunity to hear how the mananging agents of Islington Council’s street properties can justify their performance.

The larger Partners for Improvement in Islington’s two contracts will come to an end in just three years and they have now to get the properties into a fit state to hand back to the Council.

Get your friends and neighbours to come with you.

The greater the number of residents that attend this meeting the more attention the Council will take to what is said.

ILA Meet Wed 13.02.19

Islington Leaseholders Association Monthly Meeting

On

Wednesday 13th  February 2019

In

Islington Town Hall

At

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Guest Speaker: TBC

 Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter @ilaorguk

Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website ww.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms

ILA Meet Wed 09.01.19

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting

On

Wednesday 09th  January 2019

In

Islington Town Hall

At

7pm – 9pm

Welcome to the first meeting of the new year 2019

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Please note that
Next Wednesday’s meeting (9th Jan) will take place in the Town Hall, as usual, but due to pre-booking of the council chamber, will be held in: –

ROOM 2

The directors of the ILA look forward to seeing you all, and wish you a: –

VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

Guest Speaker: TBC

 Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter @ilaorguk

Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website ww.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms

ILA Meet Wed 12.12.18

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting

On

Wednesday 12th   December 2018

In

Islington Town Hall

At

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Guest Speaker: TBC

 Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter @ilaorguk

Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

 

 Volunteers wanted

The ILA are looking for a ‘secretary’ to take minutes and distribute them regularly to all the directors and asks for a volunteer to undertake this essential part of the work, to assist with the smooth running of the organisation.  If you are interested please log into http://www.ila.org.uk/faqs/contact-form.

 

If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website ww.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms

ILA Meet Wed 14.11.18

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting

On

Wednesday 14th   November 2018

In

Islington Town Hall

At

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Guest Speaker: TBC

 Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter @ilaorguk

Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

 

 Volunteers wanted

The ILA are looking for a ‘secretary’ to take minutes and distribute them regularly to all the directors and asks for a volunteer to undertake this essential part of the work, to assist with the smooth running of the organisation.  If you are interested please log into http://www.ila.org.uk/faqs/contact-form.

 

If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website ww.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms

ILA Meet Wed 10.10.18

Islington Leaseholders Association Meeting

On

Wednesday 10th   October 2018

In

Islington Town Hall

At

7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting: Dr Brian Potter Chairman (ILA)

Guest Speaker: TBC

 Website www.ila.org.uk

Twitter @ilaorguk

Face Book www.facebook.com/IslingtonLeaseholdersAssociation

 

 Volunteers wanted

The ILA are looking for a ‘secretary’ to take minutes and distribute them regularly to all the directors and asks for a volunteer to undertake this essential part of the work, to assist with the smooth running of the organisation.  If you are interested please log into http://www.ila.org.uk/faqs/contact-form.

 

If you wish to join or renew your membership please contact our website ww.ila.org.uk where you can obtain the appropriate membership forms