Sunday, 2 May 2010

Worst Imaginable North Ken Landlord awards

Having just been re-elected for another four years in Golborne Ward with a doubled majority, we pledge to pursue inadequate landlords operating in North Kensington. No one should have to live with the results of such blatant incompetence. North Kensington Councillors hereby declare open season on bad stewardship. We mean to carry on as we started, by publicising on behalf of local residents the 'WINKLE' Awards, that were selected by Housing Experts.

INTRODUCING 'THE WORST IMAGINABLE NORTH KEN LANDLORD AWARDS'
The WINKLE Awards 2010 have been made after careful consideration by Housing Experts, to honour the level of care and maintenance of tenants in North Kensington, in four categories:
EMPTY HOMES
WORST OF THE WORST
ENVIRONMENT
EXTERIORS
The winners of the awards will be presented with Gold, Silver or Bronze Battered Paladin Awards, and the runner-up will receive a Black Bin-Bag Award.

Entries have come in from:
RBKC Council (RBKC)
Kensington Housing Trust (KHT)
Notting Hill Housing Group (NHHG)
Paddington Churches Housing Association (PCHA)
Westway Development Trust

FIRST CATEGORY:
WORST IMAGINABLE NORTH KEN LANDLORD AWARDS: EMPTY HOMES


First prize
RBKC, for their shocking untruths about Elm Park Gardens' basements. They are developing them to 'create new social housing from storage rooms' (to avoid tax), by selling off half. However, they have been lived in quite recently, so it was a porkie pie of the first order. OK not in North Ken, but it reduces our housing stock.


Second prize
RBKC again, for a rather sneaky 'writing a report on this building and if no other use can be found we will put it on the open market'. SO, why does the Council state there is nowhere to put additional social housing, then consider selling off a HUGE corner mansion with garden in W10 that could house several families??





Third prize
A worthy winner in KHT. This is 36 Faraday Road, that used to have six flats. It has been empty for months and months. When challenged they say, 'we are going to convert it'. Into what exactly?? We are watching ....





Fourth prize
A double for KHT. Just one example of a street property that has quietly been sold off, reducing the social housing stock yet again and raking in millions for the allegedly cash-strapped RSL. This is just one of several. We're watching ....

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