Last month we wrote to the Housing Minister on behalf of over 3,500 members pointing out the problems and defects in the private estate model, both for home owners and for the quality of the estates themselves. You can re-read what we wrote here.
Over a month later we received a response from his department which outrageously ignores the main points: a) The fundamental unfairness of a small group of home owners subsidising newly created public open space. b) It suggests Local Authorities are virtually autonomous and not constrained by government policy or funding. Of course they would say that when they have had to respond to the recent petition calling for compulsory adoption. c) There is a total unwillingness even to consider alternative ways of funding estate maintenance. The response is written as if replying to a disgruntled individual, not a large and active campaign group – a bit of wishful thinking on their part? We do not intend to go away, or shut up!
Read to the end and let us know if YOU are reassured that the government intends to look after your interests!