H&F Tory council leader Stephen Greenhalgh thought he could serve notice to quit on the residents of West Kensington and Gibbs Green council estates by labelling them a ‘ghetto’ and by planning to demolish their homes.
Now tenants have returned the favour by serving him with formal notice under Section 34A of the Housing Act 1985 proposing the council should dispose of the estates to a resident-controlled association. At the same time they have written to the Secretary of State for Communities, inviting him to make regulations requiring the council to co-operate with their proposal.
Section 34A was introduced by Section 296 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 to give council tenants a defence of last resort against a rogue local authority landlord.
The Tory council said it didn’t want these residents living in the borough and that their neighbourhood was “not decent’”. The feeling is clearly mutual.
By serving this notice the residents intend to take charge of their own homes and estates which they will no doubt manage far more competently and compassionately than their Tory landlords.
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