Search

Gateway Housing Association slammed over charter change

PUBLISHED: 12:28 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:28 26 March 2013

A housing association has been slammed after it tried to change a constitution to prevent residents approaching councillors with complaints.

Tower Hamlets Tory group leader and councillor for Blackwall and Cubitt Town Peter Golds wrote to Gateway Housing Association after residents rejected the amendment to a constitution relating to Betty May Gray House in Manchester Road.

The recommendation would have prevented tenants from approaching local councillors in relation to dealings with either the housing association or the council.

Cllr Golds said: “This proposal was extraordinary, and a deliberate attempt to prevent us from holding a public body to account.”

His letter asked Gateway’s chief executive Sheron Carter why the association sought to “prevent elected councillors from representing the legitimate interests of the electors”.

Ms Carter said: “The intention is to ensure that the residents’ voices are heard and they determine how the Association is run.”

“The tenants and residents association can invite councillors to meetings if they so wish.”

Latest East London News Stories

14:41

Yobs have been banned by magistrates from going onto a housing estate in Whitechapel which has been plagued by drug addicts.

Older people in Tower Hamlets are being trained in classical dance by the English National Ballet to commemorate a century since the end of the First World War.

08:18

Police are looking for the driver of a suspicious vehicle which sped away as they approached and was a then in a hit-and-run incident in Spitalfields yesterday.

Yesterday, 15:17

One thousand people left their offices following a basement blaze in Canary Wharf this afternoon.

Yesterday, 13:06

Campaigners have finally sunk plans for the controversial Enderby Wharf cruise-liner terminal going ahead which would have polluted a huge swathe of the Thames and the Isle of Dogs.

Yesterday, 11:00

An advice clinic set up as a temporary free service at Stratford following cuts to legal aid has won a funding contract for a permanent operation.

Tue, 18:00

Optician director Jayesh Maru has seen his way to the ancient mountain-top Inca capital of Machu Picchu and has found his way back to east London.

Tue, 13:36

Children have spent four years researching the life of a pupil at their school more than 100 years ago who was later awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously after being killed in the First World War.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now