Association told to represent tenants
Embattled housing association Island Homes has come under further pressure to ensure it properly represents the views of its tenants.
Tower Hamlets councillors are pushing the association to add more tenants to its board, and have taken their concerns to regulator the Tenant Services Authority and housing minister Margaret Beckett.
One of the conditions of the stock transfer that created Island in 2005 was that the majority of its board would be made up of tenants from the Isle of Dogs estates it manages.
But in April last year Island’s parent, One Housing Group, suspended the board and replaced it with an interim board containing only two residents.
Tower Hamlets lead member for housing and development, councillor Marc Francis, said: ‘One Housing Group was given a deadline of the end of February to produce a “road map” back to a resident-majority board.
‘I can assure residents that we shall continue to press both the TSA and ministers to impose sanctions on One Housing Group if it fails to deliver.’
Island is already under pressure from its own staff, who are threatening to walk out over the dismissal of senior housing officer Debbie Cordrey.
Island’s residents group, The Barkantine Management Team, has accused the association of victimising Ms Cordrey for supporting residents.