Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust board 'angry and devastated' over shake-up proposal

PUBLISHED: 11:01 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:01 27 April 2015

Welwyn Hatfield Council Community Housing Trust

Welwyn Hatfield Council Community Housing Trust

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A trust which handles housing in Welwyn Hatfield could be abolished - in a move which has left members "angry and devasted".

Board members at the Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust learned a review would be carried out into the possibility of bringing management of housing back under council control.

It is understood the review will be carried out after next month’s General Election.

An insider told the WHT: “It’s a huge, huge bombshell.

“Every member of the board is angry and devastated.

“It seems everything is being done in secret without any consultation and without any thought about what the ramifications could be.”

The trust is currently based in Bridge Road East, WGC, but later this year 200 staff are set to move into the council’s newly-expanded Campus East building.

It was formed in April 2010, and the board includes tenants, staff and councillors.

Michel Saminaden, chief executive of the council, said after the news leaked: “At a time when we are set to move all housing trust staff into the main council offices at Campus East, we are also taking the opportunity to review the ongoing management of the council’s housing stock.

“Underpinning that review will be an assessment of whether merging the housing trust back under council control will be the best way of continuing to deliver high quality housing services cost effectively.

“No decisions will be made until that option has been thoroughly explored and we will update residents, council tenants and staff accordingly.”

A council spokesman told the WHT: “No decision has yet been made as to how long the initial review will take.

“We will update residents, council tenants and staff as further details of the review are confirmed, including an expected timeline.”

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