West Lancs MP Rosie Cooper has thrown down the gauntlet after Councillor Ian Grant, the portfolio holder for regeneration, said he would like to reballot tenants over whether their homes should be transferred to a Registered Social Landlord (RSL). However, the council then appeared to back-track as subsequent press reports said West Lancashire District Council had ‘rubbished’ the idea.
The issue of Stock Transfer has come to the fore recently following complaints about the state of homes in Alma Hill, Up Holland, which even prompted residents, supported by local councillor Maggie Skilling, to launch their own petition.
Residents on New Church Farm, Old Skelmersdale, have also been up in arms about the deterioration of their estate which has led to locals claiming they’ve been ‘left to rot’.
Rosie said: “I am fully supporting the tenants in their fight for a better deal for their estates but they’re getting mixed messages.
“That’s why I think its about time the Tories came clean about their plans. The questions I ask are very simple-are they going to start investing in the housing stock or just leave it to rot? Also, do they support a second ballot and if so then when?”
“They seem to forget that tenants put a lot of faith in the council by voting to stay with them rather than go with a housing association. They deserve to have that faith repaid.”
“Its time to stop delaying and start delivering for the people of West Lancashire.”