Local Papers warrant public support

Local Papers warrant public support
Local Papers can be a great resource for campaigns, and can play a very
important roll in bringing important issues out from the shadows and into the
light so all can see the facts. Housing campaigners in Northampton recognise
the fact that the ‘Chronicle & Echo’ and its coverage of the issue of Asbestos
in the council housing stock played a part in forcing Northampton Borough
Council to start addressing this potentially serious health problem …

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‘Northampton Defend Council Housing’ continues to monitor the situation and
feels we largely have the issue under control within the Council Housing
stock, BUT don’t forget our kids and grand kids (of all residents) are still at risk
in some of the older public buildings in the town such as schools and other
community facilities.
We look at the spending by Northampton Borough Council each month on
Asbestos related issues and report the facts, in January 2012 the published
spending was £33,684, the total published spending for 2011 was over £189k
The clue to our feelings is in our name ‘Defend Council Housing’, but we
are not and have never been in the business of defending any of the
numerous problems, but we believe that with the will many failings can
be addressed.
BUT had we been Tenants of a Housing Association we would not have been
able to get the information and facts needed to drag the issue out into the light
because Housing Associations are not subject to Freedom of Information
legislation or public scrutiny.
THAT ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER REASONS IS WHY WE WILL VOTE
AND MAKE THE CASE TO KEEP THE COUNCIL AS OUR LANDLORD

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