Tower Hamlets Watch

Poplar Harca kick Estate Board out of their own meeting | July 19, 2010


Residents on the Lansbury Estate tell me that on the 5th July, on the Monday evening, the members of the newly elected Lansbury West Estate Board were kicked out of their own meeting by members of the Poplar Harca Resident Engagement Team.

After heated discussions following what members believe is a clear abuse of their constitutional rights, Fintan Tynan – Poplar Harcas Resident Engagement Manager, broke the rules laid out in the constitution, cleared the room and called the meeting to an end.

The discussions started after members were immediately asked to acknowledge a new constitution with huge changes compared to the current one, without any discussion by estate board members, and more importantly without agreement or ratification by members.

Members were insulted to hear that the matter of these changes was not to be a subject for discussion and never would be, and were then threatened by Harca Officers present with the fact that non-acceptance of the dramatically changed constitution would mean that you could not be members of the Lansbury West Estate Board. Elected Members argued that they were already democratically elected by residents on the estate to represent their interests, and that each one of them had already recieved letters congratulating them by Harca on their successful election to the Lansbury West Estate Board, so how could they be sacked in their first meeting? Harca Officers then instructed them that the Estate Boards were not Independent entitites, and were part of the Poplar Harca Governance Structure, and that if they didn’t like the situation they “could always set up their own residents association” that would then be fully representing residents unlike the Harca Estate Boards. Members claim that Harca do not support “Independent” residents associations in any way, and make it difficult for members to meet by blocking use of community facilities. Members do not know of any other tenants associations that exist on Harca Estates, and all that did exist have since been disbanded and absorbed into the non-independent Harca governance structure. Leaving resident without any real independent advice on their estates.

Members present felt insulted and bullied by the Harca officers. They felt that they were being told that they represent Harca first over the residents of the estate, and the ‘take it or leave it’ attitude by those senior Harca officers present was an insult to the whole estate.

These events have left residents on the estate angry and determined to get involved with the process of representation on the estate. They argue that the new constitution gives too much power to Harca Officers, even stopping residents or representatives from bringing complaints to meetings. Other changes bar you from critising the actions of Harca officers, or reminding them of their duties to board members. Other changes include; Harca will now be in charge of removing people who they deem to be disruptive, and restricting committee members access to those people or members who Harca deem disruptive.

Harca have since cancelled another Estate Board meeting called by members last Monday 12th July 2010 without any explanation, and have now sent an ultimatum letter. This letter explains that they have to sign a declaration that they will accept the new constitution of 2010 otherwise they are not welcome as Estate Board Members, this must be signed by today 19th July 2010.

This “bullying and intimidation” is from the same Resident Engagement Team that won the Tenant Empowerment Team of the Year award at the prestigious Housing Heroes Award 2010.

Fintan Tynan and the rest of the Resident Engagement Team
Fintan Tynan and the rest of the Mob.

Is that a ‘Glock 9mm’ he’s holding?

Good Times…


18 Comments »

  1. I would suggest you urgently forward this article to Eric Pickles MP and Peter Marsh (Tenant services Authority). This article goes totally against TSA guidelines.
    John

    Comment by John Wright — July 20, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    • Thanks for the heads up John.

      Comment by fatoompsh — July 20, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

      • Well done John and thanks Fat excellent stuff you are doing well too. The generic constitution is spreading like a rash…pan RSL and ALMO possibly to keep the recent (and legally binding) TSA regulatory framework for landlords to empower customers and enable them to make informed decisions securely in the box.

        Comment by Like a pig in a cage.. — July 20, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

  2. I am Chair of the Glamis Estate Board (Eastendhomes). At our last meeting our board voted unaminously to keep our existing constitution (written by EEH). We felt the restrictions required for membership in the new generic constitution were Draconian, for example I have Alzheimers (with the knowledge and backing of our board), under the generic constitution I would not be allowed on the board (mental health) That to me is a gross insult, I have a memory problem but I still have my intelligence. I dare whoever wrote this constitution to tell Terry Pratchet he can never write a book again because he has Alzheimers!
    Try to look at the big picture, the TSA want greater control for estate boards, a nightmare for RSL’s, so the RSL’s will try to get exactly who THEY want on the boards so as to retain control of we serfs.
    My advise = bombard Peter Marsh CEO TSA and Eric Pickles MP with questions and complaints.
    John Wright

    Comment by John Wright — July 21, 2010 @ 7:50 am

    • Thanks for the excellent response John, I have already forwarded your advice to the residents concerned.

      Comment by fatoompsh — July 21, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

  3. I had heard that this new Constituition was written by one resident Only on the Entire Lansbury West Estate Who activley has interests in Poplar Harca themselves, that is straight away a conflict of interest. I had heard also that some of the members seem to think they run the board and think that the money on the board is their own personal Piggy Bank what a messed up situation seems likes Poplar Harca Are taking the right of residents away.

    Comment by Sally Morgan Psycic to The stars — July 23, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

  4. Sally, As a resident you have the LEGAL right to view the accounts if that money is ESTATE money or grants. Also if funds are from a grant then there is a legal right to deliver to the donator genuine receipts to cover how the grant was spent.
    If this cannot be done – it’s fraud!
    John Wright

    Comment by John Wright — July 24, 2010 @ 7:25 am

  5. Word is about that the sacked board originally supported the upcoming developement in the area then withdrew their support when public opinion seemed to be against it – if this is true… this is totally disgusting

    Comment by Concerned Resident — July 24, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    • You’ve got this wrong;

      Half the board decided to not sign the constitution. Those that didn’t were new members who got on the board because of all the new developments.

      One old member, was ousted because of his determination to inform residents of whats going on in the meetings. Part of the constitutional changes disallowed him from being a member any longer. Apparently he had been suspended already for informing residents of meetings about developments and encouraging them to protest against the developments. Harca changed the constitution so he could no longer be a member.

      Comment by susan — August 2, 2010 @ 9:51 am

      • Thanks for the information Susan. It is unfortunate that in the vacuum of real information from these organisations that such wild rumors like this spread. So what line in the new constitution meant this member “was ousted because of his determination to inform residents”? Surely informing residents is part of the HARCA resident involvement aims stated here http://www.poplarharca.co.uk/Getinvolved/ResidentInvolvementhandbook/ResidentsInvovmentHandbook.pdf

        Comment by Like a pig in a cage.. — August 2, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

      • like a pig,

        I’m not too sure of the constitution but from what I understand is that this person was not only informing residents about developments but was also campaigning for 4 years to uncover 10,s of thousands of pounds of missing money from the rent from a mobile mast on our estate.

        Apparently he was barrred from talking about this again at the last meeting he attended, once £50,000 was uncovered by him. The main board members agreed that they should not speak about this again, and voted to give the money back to Harca, without consulting residents. This money was meant to be spent on taking kids and the elderly out on the estate on day trips, and fun days. But the main board members overuled him and voted to never speak about this again, and to spend the money on doing up a playground. Residents argue that these playgrounds have been decimated by Poplar Harca, and should be funded by Poplar Harca themselves as they feel they pay enough service charges as it is, and not to touch the money that is for residents days out.

        Comment by susan — August 3, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  6. See they have the views of residents at heart – honest! Like in the EastendHomes Ltd empire http://eastendhomes.info/node/259

    Comment by Like a pig in a cage.. — July 24, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

  7. I think we should rename EastEndHomes = PaulBlossHomes
    Poplar Harca = Unpopular Farca (say it quickly!)
    Any other names of RSL’s?
    John Wright

    Comment by John Wright — July 25, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    • Old Fraud
      Family Mistake

      Comment by Concerned Resident — July 25, 2010 @ 8:30 am

  8. Hi Folks, This is going in circles. The facts are that an estate should be balloted for prospective board members (usually about 18 members are needed), If more than that figure applies then a meeting should be held with all the applicants.THE APPLICANTS SELECT THE 18 NEEDED, NOT THE RSL! Please, please remember this is YOUR board NOT the RSL’s. A board member can only be removed by majority board decision (with a valid reason). If your RSL objects take your case to the TSA or Local Government Ombudsman.
    Do it!
    John Wright

    Comment by John Wright — August 2, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

  9. […] the way, Poplar Harca’s “Resident Engagement Team led by Fintan Tynan” , won that award this […]

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  10. I would like to say that this constituion that Poplar Harca wanted the lansbury West Estate Board to Sign was only a Request not a demand there is a difference and a request can be turned down by anyone its not a rule or set in stone, so Poplar Harca it seems are making up their own rules as they go along its Our Way Or No way how can you represent residents on an estate if they dont want to hear about any issues or Concerns and only choose what they want to speak about. Where the hell is the Democracy in that????

    Comment by Sally Morgan — August 9, 2010 @ 9:40 am

  11. Re The comment about money from a radio mast, I would make a Freedom of Information request to the mast company for the annual fee paid to your landlord.
    John

    Comment by John Wright — August 19, 2010 @ 9:39 am


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