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Open forum to meet landlords—but they don’t turn up!

PUBLISHED: 21:12 21 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:35 05 October 2010

FAMILIES got a chance to voice their views about their housing estate at a Town Hall public meeting. But they were left disappointed when their housing association landlords in London’s East End failed to turn up to hear them

By Gemma Collins

FAMILIES got a chance to say what they think about their housing estate at a Town Hall public meeting.

But they were left disappointed when their housing association landlords in London’s East End failed to turn up to hear them.

The July 16 meeting for tenants of Stepney’s Exmouth Estate was organised by Tower Hamlets councillor Oliur Rahman.

But there was no response to his invitation to Swan Housing Association which runs the estate to come along, leaving residents to make their complaints to the council.

FURIOUS

The families raised concerns about repairs, service charges, security doors and Swan Housing’s proposals to build a six-storey development.

It left Cllr Rahman, whose St Dunstan’s & Stepney Green ward includes Exmouth Estate, furious that his invitation hadn’t been taken up.

“I am annoyed that a landlord which claims to listen to residents cannot even attend,” he said.

He tried to hire the estate community hall for the meeting, but says in a letter to the East London Advertiser that he was told it was booked.’ He later challenged this after checking out the hall that night and finding the hall locked up.


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