Solar panels fitted by Islington Council criticised

Solar panels fitted by Islington Council criticised

Jon Dean Saturday, March 3, 2012 The Islington Gazette


Solar panels fitted to homes have been criticised for potentially harming property values and saving residents less than 1p a year on their electricity.

Last year, the council fitted 20 panels on buildings in the Elthorne Estate, off Elthorne Road, Archway, to help generate power for communal areas.

The scheme is also designed to reduce bills by selling the electricity generated back to the national grid, known as a feed-in tariff. However external contractors have stumped up the cash for the panels on the condition that they keep the lion’s share of the money the national grid pay for the electricity.

The council refused to reveal the exact details of the deal, but figures shown to the Gazette suggests it saves around £140 per panel per year. With 20 panels fitted under this deal, this means a saving of £2,800, less than 1p a year for each of the 30,000 tenants and leaseholders.

Many residents are angry that their property value is potentially being compromised.

Brian Potter, chairman of Islington Leaseholder Associations, said: “I have had quite a few calls about this, people are very worried.

“They are being misled. There is not going to be an appreciable reduction in fuel bills for the average tenant or leaseholder. All the scheme is doing is making the contractors a load of money.

“Of course people are scared their property value will go down, because their roofs have basically been sold to a contractor for 25 years. It’s crazy.

“There was no consultation on this either – the council has done it because it’s green and sounds good and all the rest of it. But we are building a lot of problems in the future. I just hope they don’t extend the scheme all over the borough.”



ILA meet – Wed 8 Feb 2012 w/ Council Boss

Islington Leaseholders Meeting


Wednesday 8 Feb 2012


Islington Town Hall Chambers


7 – 9pm

Hosting the meeting:- Dr Brian Potter

Guest Speakers:- Cllr Catherine West (Leader of the Council) and Cllr James Murray (Chair of Housing) (Email confirmation confirmed to Dr Potter that both Councillors will be attending at 7.30pm)

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Please impress upon any other leaseholder’s that you know that it is in their interest to attend these meetings regularly…

Dr B. S. Potter Chairman ILA

ILA monthly meet Wed. 09 Nov 2011

Islington Leaseholders Monthly Meeting is

Wednesday 09  November 2011


Islington Town Hall Chambers


7pm – 9pm

Hosting the meeting Dr Brian Potter Chairman ILA


Guest Speaker:-                     2 Legal Representative from “LEASE”  

Please tell all leaseholders on your Estates and in Street

properties to attend especially those who do not have email.


Dr B.S. Potter ILA Chairman


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Disband HFI petition update

QUICK UPDATE ON THE PETITION: Although the Council’s website only notes 1,655 signatures we have collected a further 600+ paper forms (and counting) which takes out total to date to approximately 2,400. The petition continues to grow and will be presented to the Council in November before the Council Executive make their decision on the future management of our homes.


This coming Saturday 1st October, there is an Islington Residents Convention at the Assembly Hall (Islington Town Halls, Upper Street, N1) from 10am – 2pm (light lunch provided). Attendees will be given an opportunity to express their views (we are told) on the future management of our homes. Registration for the event is required: If you can attend, please sent an email confirming your attendance to:


Join the Disband HFI Campaign crew for pre-residents convention coffee at the Workers Café (across from the Town Hall, Upper Street) from 9.15am


“Because Islington’s residents together deserve better – Disband HFI – Islington says bring council housing back under Council control.”


Yours faithfully,

Disband HFI

Independent Resident Advisor’s Report @ Audit committee 22.9.11

Dear Islington Leaseholders
This report is Islington’s  regarding the consultation/Review of Islington’s Housing Services.
For you all to view in advance of any meetings that take place.
Audit Committee
Today 22 Sept 2011
(apologies just been notified of this meeting today)
Islington Town Hall
Committee Room 4
Time 7.30pm
Please turn up thank you
Dr B.S. Potter ILA Chairman

ILA monthly meet Wed 14.09.11

Dear Islington Leaseholders
Our next leaseholders meeting is on WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011  in
time: 7pm – 9pm
Hosting the meeting Dr Brian Potter ILA Chairman
Guest Speaker Representative from Lease
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Please tell all leaseholders on your Estates and in Street Properties to  attend especially those who do not have
recent relevant letters in Islington Tribune here

@DisbandHFI petition on front page of Inside Housing

Influential magazine “Inside Housing” reports on  Petition demands council disbands ALMO

It reports that  The petition says: ‘Councils across the country are winding up organisations like HFI, recognising that they do not represent best value for public money, and bringing management of council housing back under direct council control.

‘We need genuine accountability instead of token box-ticking exercises to retain HFI, an organisation which does not have residents’ interests at heart.’