I’m as unhappy as Joan Gibbard (Stock Answer letter, Adver 7 Oct) that the council makes it seem as if the transfer is “done and dusted”, but she is mistaken. The officers she refers to sit on a “shadow board”. It could only become the board of a housing association if tenants vote Yes to transfer. If they vote No then there would be no housing association.

The statutory guidance from the Department of Communities and Local Government states clearly that “A majority vote against transfer would mean that transfer cannot proceed”.

Only tenants get to vote, so Joan’s and all other tenants’ votes are very important. If a majority of tenants vote against transfer we would stay as council tenants. It is our decision.

Margie Phillips

Tenant Park South

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