Council chief meets residents
“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.”