Editor’s comment: Recorder holds council to account

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 July 2018

Housing boss Cllr Damian White at the new Lombard Court council housing development in Romford. Picture: Havering Council/Keith Brown

Housing boss Cllr Damian White at the new Lombard Court council housing development in Romford. Picture: Havering Council/Keith Brown

Havering Council/Keith Brown

Last week I called on Havering Council to sit down with a reporter and explain what was happening with Private Sector Leasing as hundreds of households were left in fear and confusion.

Reporter Liam Coleman exclusively revealed tenants in PSL had been given a month to find new homes, probably out of the borough, as the council decided to stop the scheme.

They said the council had not properly explained what was going to happen or why.

Councillors said they didn’t know anything about it.

Havering Council declined to give us any information about what was happening.

We set up a special Facebook page so that people affected could tell us their stories – and more than 150 people joined in a matter of days.

This week council leader Cllr Damian White agreed to an exclusive interview with the Recorder and admitted the council had got it wrong when it came to communication with residents.

Cllr White has agreed to a nrew re-assessment of the 878 tenants living in PSL properties across the borough.

So those affected may still have to move out but they will have longer to come to terms with it and will hopefully understand more about what is happening.

You can read a long version of the interview on our website.

It shows the influence local media can have in the community. We are here to inform you, whether that is about a crime in your neighbourhood, the good work of volunteers and charities or the events and entertainments going on in the borough.

We can also help the Davids against the Goliaths – not every small dispute (we don’t have the resources), but situations like PSL that affect a sizeable number of people.

So fair play to Cllr White for recognising his mistake and fronting up to talk to the Recorder.

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