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Stevenage Borough Council Leaseholder Forum 9 July 2014

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The next Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) Leaseholders’ Forum will be held on Wednesday 9 July 2014 and starts at 6:30pm in the Autun Room, Daneshill House.


  • 6.30 – 6.35 Welcome, apologies, minutes and staffing update
  • 6.35 – 6.45 Nomination of chair & minute taker
  • 6.45 – 6.55 Nomination of attendee for the housing forum
  • 6.55 – 7.00 Management fee update
  • 7.00 – 7.05 Caretaking/cleaning review
  • 7.05 – 7.20 Purpose of the forum
  • 7.20 – 7.50 Review of the Terms of Reference and decision on attendees of the forum (leaseholders only or leaseholders and others)
  • 7.50 – 8.00 Any other business

There have been no minute to the April forum published on the web site that I can find.

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July 7th, 2014 at 9:18 am

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Caretaking and Cleaning Charges Estimests Increased by 40%

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The minutes to the last leaseholders forum are not on the Stevenage Borough Council Website (SBC) as yet. So I am making this post from my notes.

Mr Aitkins asked why in his latest estimates for service charges the estimates for caretaking and cleaning charges had been increased by above 60%. SBC responded that this was only and estimate,so the discussion moved on to other points.

So I checked the estimates for The Towers.

2013/14 Caretaking and Cleaning Estimates  £307.60

2014/15 Caretaking and Cleaning Estimates £454.4

Which is an increase of £148.8 or 47%,  obviously way above inflation.

If you are an SBC leaseholder, has your caretaking and cleaning charge estimate been increased substantially this year?  Have you asked or received any explanation for any increase?


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May 29th, 2014 at 8:58 am

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Stevenage Borough Council Website Hacked?

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I have been trying to get onto the SBC website since yesterday in order to read the minutes from the last leaseholder forum. But I can not gain access.

This is getting near to 24 hours outage now. This is a long time for routine maintenance. Has the website been hacked?

Does anyone know what is going on?

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May 12th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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Ban on Mr Charles and Mr Aitkins Lifted

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This is the first post on some of the issues raised at the Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) Leaseholders’ forum held on 2 April 2014.

Mr Charles and Mr Aitkins have had their ban lifted. The agenda was changed in order to allow them to comment on the ban.

They felt that the ban had been unfair and the minutes of the meeting as posted were not an accurate representation of the the November forum. There are no detailed minutes available and the ones posted stated that the meeting had been abandoned.

Whereas the forum was far from normal, I do not recall being told the meeting was being abandoned. The other leaseholder at Wednesday’s forum remember Novembers’ finishing normally.

Mr Charles and Mr Aitkins also stated that where they had been warned about their comments on SBC employees, they had received no formal warning as to them being banned. They also complained that they had not been informed under what section of the old terms of reference they had been banned. Basically they felt that the procedures in the old terms of reference had not been followed.

The Chair asked Mr Charles to provide a set on minutes which reflected his recollection of the meeting

One of the leaseholders present said that he felt that trust had been lost and he thought we should all work to rebuild it. We do need to find a way to move on from this.

The Chair is looking to stand down and the position is open for applicants. From above it can be seen to be a thankless task.

Minute of Leaseholder Forum 6 November 2013


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April 10th, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Stevenage Homes Leaseholder Forum 2 April 2014

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The next Stevenage Homes Leaseholders’ Forum will be held on 2 April 2014 and starts at 6:30pm in the Shimkent Room, Daneshill House.


  • 6.30 – 6.35 Welcome & Apologies
  • 6.35 – 6.40 Minutes of previous meeting
  • 6.40 – 6.55 Caretaking /cleaning in flat blocks–Kevin Turner/Sandra Clark
  • 6.55 – 7.00 Questions for Kevin /Sandra
  • 7.00 – 7.20 Draft terms of reference for the Leaseholder Forum
  • 7.20 – 7.40 Discussion on satisfaction survey questions
  • Any other business including future election of chair person and date of next meeting – Wednesday, 9 July 2014.

See you there.

There were no minutes to the November 2013 forum due to the meeting being disrupted. But the minutes to the February’s forum are now on the Stevenage Borough website are on the SBC site. In these minutes is a link to the Leaseholder Valuation Tribunal  decision which lay behind the problems.

Minutes to SBC Leaseholders’ Forum, 5th February 2014

Leasehold Valuation Tribunal determinations Look for number 9165 Stevenage Borouh Council v Caryle Charles

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March 31st, 2014 at 11:14 pm