A letter published in the Swindon Advertiser
Swindon tenants are drowning under the deluge of ‘neutral information’ from the council.
So far we have had four editions of Housing Matters, drop-in sessions, meetings in sheltered housing complexes, doorstep visits and home phone calls from council staff, a 48 page Offer Document, a DVD featuring selected shadow board members masquerading as “ordinary tenants” and now text messages.
The council has also contracted a private company to telephone canvass tenants. There are billboard posters in Fleming Way.
All we need now are loudspeaker vans touring the estates and we’ll have seen it all. What we haven’t seen however is any attempt to put both sides of the question. All we hear is that transfer (sell-off) is the council’s preferred option.
No information about the downside of being an assured rather than a secure tenant for example. Nothing about the £199 million debt the housing association would have at start up.
This campaign, for that is what it is, rather than a consultation, has been a disgraceful example of an overbearing authority attempting to pressure its tenants into agreeing to a sell-off. All those involved in this shabby exercise should be ashamed.