Residents' Association meeting

Labour Councillors have called for Westminster Council to formally recognize the Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations representing tenants and leaseholders on Council estates as part of the current consultations on the future management of the Council’s housing stock following the decision to scrap City West Homes.

Labour’s move comes after recent Freedom of Information requests have revealed that the number of Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations recognized by City West Homes has almost halved from 42 in 2010 to just 22 in 2018.

According to the FoI request, in 2014/15 City West Homes de-recognised the following Residents’ Associations:

  • Morris House RA
  • Townsend RA
  • Parsons House RA

And in 2018, a further City West Homes review was undertaken where the following Residents Associations were no longer recognised:

  • Wessex Gardens RA
  • Hall & Braithwaite RA
  • Lydford RA
  • Blandford RA
  • Crawford Mansions RA
  • Fitzrovia Court RA
  • York Mansions RA
  • Eden House RA
  • Gatliff Court RA
  • Hall Park RA
  • Kemp House RA
  • Russell House RA
  • Amberley Estate RA
  • Westbourne Terrace Road RA

Labour say that the the Council must take immediate action to encourage strong and involved Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations and to take part in the discussions over the future of Housing management in Westminster.

Councillor Pancho Lewis, Shadow Cabinet member for Housing, said:

“The failed City West Homes regime made it more difficult for residents’ voices to be heard on key local management issues and we want to see a much more open and welcoming approach to resident involvement. In the past, many previously-active residents simply gave up after making regular requests for action which were routinely ignored or refused by City West Homes. We also want to see an end to the ‘divide and rule’ strategy employed by City West Homes whereby long-standing active residents were sidelined in favour ‘sounding boards’ and other mechanisms controlled by City West Homes, not residents”

“We also want to see the Council re-open estate offices so that residents can get regular direct access to housing officers and build up a good working relationship with them. This will give a massive boost to effective and real consultation.”

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