Labour stalwart defends Tory housing chairman's 'first class' performance
I read the letter from Cllrs Naylor and King attacking Cllr Chris Philp and I was absolutely appalled at the rudeness towards Chris Philp and indeed the Housing and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee. I don t share Cllr Philp s political views but as
I read the letter from Cllrs Naylor and King attacking Cllr Chris Philp and I was absolutely appalled at the rudeness towards Chris Philp and indeed the Housing and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee.
I don't share Cllr Philp's political views but as a member of the Housing and Adult Social Care Committee I would like to place on record that he has my total respect - he has been a first class chair of the HASC which itself is an excellent committee, scrutinising the housing polices of the present administration with skill and understanding of housing matters; and I know that Cllr Philp feels strongly on a number of issues as we members of the Committee feel too. There is a strong element of team working on all matters Housing by the committee members.
It is an overall view of all the parties on the committee, for example, that there is a deep and urgent need for Cllr Naylor to vastly and properly improve and replace the existing Repairs Department following the plethora of complaints all of us councillors of all parties have received from our constituents- a report of our combined views has gone to the relevant senior officers and Cllrs Naylor and King for action. Some 2-3 years ago when Labour were in power we agreed as a council a full report by the then Scrutiny Panel on Repairs to replace the existing dept with a more efficient Repairs Dept.
The so-called achievement of the present administation to establish a partnership of 2 contractors only to undertake all capital works hereafter was discussed in depth by the Committee and our views passed to Cllr Naylor. I assume he never read it as indeed all emails from me as Opposition Lead on Housing come back marked "unread".....so much for his respect for anyone including Cllr Philp and his committee.
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Cllr Naylor knows of our work and high standards as members of the HASC and of Cllr Philp's leadership on the committee and his in-depth housing knowledge- Cllr Naylor attends at the end of the meetings to take questions; and Cllr King was a member of the committee. I don't think it helps if we are to assist with the future of Camden's housing programme for members of the Executive with whom we try to work to be so disdainful of the committee and its excellent chair.
Cllr Roger Robinson
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Opposition lead on Housing.