ACHA puts emphasis on tenants’ wishes
Sir, I write to you in relation to a letter you published in your issue of July 6 in which a lady claimed that, as a tenant of Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA), she found she was at their mercy with no choices surrounding the investment and regeneration programme.
I must point out, that I am in no way affiliated to ACHA and nor am I carrying out any work for them, or likely to be doing so, and as such am not biased in any direction.
ACHA manages in excess of 5,000 houses and, over a four-year period, I personally was in at least 60 per cent of these houses. I can confirm the emphasis that was placed on tenant choices and any considerations or additional support that was required while the work was carried out. This included contacting additional agencies where necessary.
These visits were always with ACHA representation, and tenants were all given the chance to participate in any decision-making. It should also be pointed out that some chose not to participate.
All tenants were spoken to about the proposed works and the implications.
Having worked in all but one of the ACHA areas, I can also confirm that the level of commitment from the area teams on checking the work was stringent, and this was monitored on a regular basis.
I feel that given the commitment of these people, and the time and resources that I have seen put in – I felt the comments published were very unfair, and in no way reflect what I saw happening throughout.
I would actually applaud the investment and regeneration team for pushing the work carried out to date. Name and address supplied.