Coun­cil chief meets res­i­dents

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

der­to­house­home­less­peo­ple.

“I feel very bad about what has hap­pened. I apol­o­gise to my con­stituents that I could not do more to help them and to a cer­tain ex­tent I feel that the sys­tem andIhavelet them down.”

Re­flect­ing on the min­is­ter’s com­ments, St Michael’s Gate res­i­dent Je­lana Ste­vic said: “I am­bit­ter­ly­dis­ap­pointed in the out­come and what was said. The fact that these com­pa­nies, cor­po­ra­tions and pri­vate land­lords are al­lowed to con­tin­ue­prof­it­ing­with­tax­payer’s money and peo­ple’s mis­ery is dis­gust­ing.

“Our glim­mer of hope is if they go af­ter the profit they make from the fees.”

Mr Jack­son said he was pleased Mr Bar­well was look­ing at the man­age­ment fee “loop­hole.” The an­gry res­i­dents of Parn­well said Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil should be “em­bar­rassed” as they got the chance to air their views to the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive. Gil­lian Beasley at­tended Tues­day night’s public meet­ing at the Parn­well Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Sal­ters­gate where res­i­dents com­pared the coun­cil’s ac­tions to a third world coun­try for agree­ing to move home­less peo­ple into St Michael’s Gate where ten­ants at 74 prop­er­ties are be­ing evicted. One at­tendee said: “Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil should be to­tally em­bar­rassed. It’s the sort of thing that would hap­pen in the eastern bloc of Europe.” Also present at the meet­ing was Adrian Chap­man, coun­cil ser­vice di­rec­tor for adult ser­vices and com­mu­ni­ties. He said: “It’s heart­break­ing to hear the sen­ti­ment that the com­mu­nity is feel­ing frac­tured and I com­pletely un­der­stand why.” Mr Chap­man said the coun­cil’s con­tract with Stef & Philips re­quired the firm to have a war­den on site which was cur­rently be­ing dis­cussed. Speak­ing af­ter the meet­ing Mrs Beasley said: “It was ex­cel­lent, I re­ally en­joyed it. They are a great group of res­i­dents who are re­ally pas­sion­ate about the area.”

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