ACHA puts em­pha­sis on ten­ants’ wishes

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

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.

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