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Sunday, 1 March 2015

AFFINITY SUTTON GETS NASTY AND INTIMIDATORY WITH SOCIAL HOUSING RESIDENTS

EXFORD: BOSS OF INTIMIDATING STAFF
A large group of residents campaigning to save Sutton Estate, Chelsea, were meeting with Edddie Izzard and various journalists, including the Guardian, when they were rudely interrupted by Affinity Sutton's spin-mistress, Lisa Louis and Chelsea Resident Liason Office, Natalie Down. 



This scary duo told the journo's that they were to speak to residents keen on the demolition of their homes. 
The Guardian agreed, but found that AF had only managed to dragoon two!
Things got heated when residents confronted the spin-mistress about figures produced in a AF public consultation.
She then admitted there were, " errors and plans had not been finalised" 

And that's when it all started to get unpleasant. 
Lisa Louis approached a resident who had been interviewed by the journalist on camera in their property, and threatened, "You know you need permission to film in your flat." Unfortunately for  Ms. Louis, her threat was overheard by a journalist; when she realised this, she said that she was just joking. 
Other residents, who were in support of the Save the Sutton Campaign, had seen what was going on and were scared off by her threat.
Keith Exford's Affinity Sutton is a multi-billion pound charity, with huge resources and PR companies to get their message across, and yet, in order to push their agenda through, they found it necessary to start threatening residents. 
This is not the behaviour of a charity:this is the behaviour of thugs and gangsters.

Keith Exford, as Group Chief Executive of the charity Affinity Sutton if you have any integrity give the accurate figures for the public consultation, and stop the intimidation now. ​

56 comments:

  1. What has happened to our housing associations that has changed them from charities set up to serve people into corporations trying to serve themselves.

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    1. As with most large 'charities' they become corporate and quite simply forget their roots and the people they serve.

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    2. Greed. The organisations may be "not for profit". But those running them certainly aren't. £200,000+ salaries are very profitable for those at the top. And their minions, many of which are on vastly inflated sums that they simply wouldn't get in the private sector, are just the same.

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  2. Exford looks very scary.......

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    1. He looks like that monk in The Da Vinci Code ....Silas

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  3. Threats, lies and intimidation. This may be a police matter.

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    1. Yes Lies and Intimidation, telling affinity Sutton residents they will be evicted when this a blatant lie is also intimidation. Also worth noting the SOS only managed to roll out 3 tenants as well. Get your facts right dame.

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    2. SOS have NEVER canvassed the opinion of the majority of residents who are keen to get out of housing stock that was poorly built in the first place. It is impossible to patch them up any further. SOS is a front to further the political careers of mssrs Henderson and Izzard. Mr Henderson has also been reported as saying he wants first choice of the new flats when they are built

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    3. The above is defamatory and a complete lie . 385 Names on The petition are residents of The estate. .Looks like the above comment has been made by an Affinity Sutton stooge, its is they who have been promised a new flat and God knows what else .

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    4. Anonymous 19.03. Your statement is incorrect. Its is only the 70 smart housing tenants who reside on the estate that will lose their homes. SOS don't need to roll out tenants , there were many who were only too happy to speak to the press. They didn't have to be dragged out of their homes by salaried employees of Affinity Sutton and stuck in front of the Cameras. SOS are the only ones standing up for the residents in the face of gerrymandering , intimidation and lies. Why should residents watch as there Community is destroyed. Methinks anonymous 19.03 is an AS Employee in disguise. If you want to stand up for The Development , stand up and be counted and tell us your name..Thought not

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    5. Anonymous 19.03. Yes only 70 smart housing tenants lose their homes, as long as you get your cosy nice new flat . If William Sutton had the same attitude as you , there wouldn't be a Sutton Estate. Someone else had the foresight so that you can have a safe and secure home, now that you have the destiny of that philanthropy in your hands, your attitude is me, me , me ..SOS are the only ones who have the resident interests at Heart.Go crawl under a rock you selfish git.

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    6. 2nd March 19.03 Anonymous. Point of Order. 10,000 names on a public petition... and they haven't canvassed anyone ? I think your point is really ,really,stupid

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    7. 10,000 - thats' more than the Marsdens' petition.

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    8. I live on the estate. I worked with the residents association , CATS to regenerate our Garden area after 15 Years of Neglect. It was Mr Henderson and Cats who did that. We wouldn't have a garden if it wasn't for him. We got an award from The RHS. What is going to happen to all my hard work if they tear it up. All the new Gardens are going to be private , that's what i saw at Suttons Consultation in the Sheltered Housing Block

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    9. No tenant of Affinity Sutton has been told that they will be evicted, and to suggest otherwise would be defamatory. Why not put a name to your comment and go public with your accusation?
      Or is this just more lies from the useless Linda Louis and her thugs.

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    10. It's absolutely rubbish that Ian Henderson has done anything to help regenerate the Sunken Garden maybe at first. As a tenant all i have seen is a
      bunch of women and children in there working really hard
      week in and week out. Whoever wrote the above must be blind. He ust wants to use it as his political campaign. Why doesn't he give the people who actually do the work the credit?

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    11. Just because people aren't seen working in the garden doesn't mean they are not doing anything. Ian Henderson was the one who managed to get the funding for the garden without this there would have been no regeneration. People do have full time jobs to go to not everybody has the luxury of being able to spend the day working in the garden.

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    12. The hardest work in the garden? Filling out a for more for funding? Ian Henderson must be exhausted!

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  4. Janette Sewardstone2 March 2015 at 09:06

    Affinity Sutton would have to go some way to top the TMO. They have a Nasty Department. Past Masters at intimidation.

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    1. We await the TMO's recruitment of a "spin mistress" with bated breath. Could be entertaining.

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    2. It has got nasty and its sad, the threats of tennats pay rent money now when they can't even sort out their housing benite workss 26 hours a week but not enough to pay full rent, Told wait til you get an evicition order then we will look at the claim, 3 months still waiting with stress, its not right that department is not fit for purpase

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  5. Keith Exford earns about £150 per hour to manage a charity, and he can't even control his staff. How did Cameron see fit to give this man a CBE.

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  6. Exford looks like a thug. The founders would never have employed a person like this. Or let him near the Estate. He would even have eben banned from door to door selling.

    Time for society (and the Council) to get rid of these nasty people. Flush them down the loo

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  7. Where is the MP for Chelsea and Fulham in all of this? 8000 signatures and a bunch of crooks making the life of residents hell. High time to get the MP involved. It is a scandal that he is not already making life difficult for Exford and his bandits.

    Greg Hands, MP for Fulham and Chelsea

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  8. The Dame's Investigator2 March 2015 at 11:38

    The MP holds a regular, weekly, advice surgery for local Chelsea and Fulham residents, at Fulham Library, on Fulham Road, close to Parsons Green tube. Greg’s surgeries are generally weekly, on Monday mornings, at either Fulham Library, or Peter Jones, Sloane Square, Chelsea. To make an appointment, email mail@greghands.com or telephone 020 7219 5448.

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  9. Why are ordinary Londoners constantly punished for the mistakes of Bankers and are expected to demolish their communities because the property developers ( i assume thats what Affinity Sutton are ..) look to make huge profits at their expense. Where are the elected Councillors , this is the time for them top show that they are not in the pockets of developers. Or are they of the mind that more private homes in the ward would possibly increase their chances of increasing their majority. You couldn't make it up.

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  10. Petition Currently over 9,000 . Online 8618, Hard Copy 600, This will only increase. Glad to see people outraged over what is tantamount to architectural and social vandalism.

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  11. Big Society ... Nuts - When people attempt to engage and take part in the ' Big Society ' , they are singled out for special treatment . Wheres' the advantage of taking part in Society. If the powers that be don't like the sound of something or if ideas differ to their own, even though they are in the majority , they are spoken to and treated like children . When will Affinity Sutton realize there first duty is to provide Social Housing for current tenants, and look after their needs first, before they consider the interest of overseas buyers. How many of these homes will be offered to the residents at a 20 per cent discount .I saw the Affinity Sutton employees, they were speaking to the residents as if they were 5 year olds, every time they asked a relevant question , they refused to answer the questions directly. This isn't Community relations , this is box ticking. I overheard one of The Affinity Employees say to one of the residents ' Oh Well i'm never going to convince you..' Surely the residents must be thinking the same of Affinity Sutton.

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  12. I went to one of the Consultations, I live in Godfrey Street. I found it somewhat chaotic, with a real lack of detail - i asked a number of pertinent questions to which they had no answer. As a private householder i'm really concerned about the increase of emissions from the additional lorry Movements,should this go ahead. Already we are one of the most polluted boroughs in London - why would we need another road !!

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  13. If this Petition continues at the current pace, they will have a larger majority than Greg Hands. Is he involved in this at all. RBKC only has one MP at the moment, its a shame Greg cannot find some time for this. It looks like the locals are attempting to do things properly, god forbid if the Guido Fawkes mob get involved. Greg if you do not address this issue now you will force these people to investigate other avenues. As a parliamentarian surely Greg can see the logic in engaging with these people, if only to get to the heart of the matter. Please see sense and engaged with your voters.. we have Elections coming up , this is Tory heartland. The press would make mincemeat of us if we lost any ground here.

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    1. Andrew Barshall2 March 2015 at 13:11

      While it is easy to knock MPs for not doing their job in the case of Greg Hands this would be unfair. I do not know if Mr Hands supports the campaign or not , but he has been willing to listen to us and to write to Affinity Sutton with our concerns.
      He holds regular surgeries, he listens to his constituents concerns,and in that regard, he has been an exemplary constituency MP.

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    2. Has he commented ?

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    3. Looks like he's more Greg ' hands off ' than ' hands on ' - i thought he was meant to be a good MP - stand up for your people Greg and be a bit more ' Hands On '

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    4. Greg Hands has been warned off from helping residents in social housing estates being sold off to developers.

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  14. Go and talk to your MP. Go and talk to the three Ward Councillors. Appoint a Leader and do it. Stop wittering on the Hornet.

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    1. The ward councillors have been shown around by Affinity Sutton, and haven't been back since. They hold no surgeries, they don't come to meet residents unless it's at a fundraiser. They are a waste of time
      The local Conservative party should be ashamed of such a useless group of opportunists.

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    2. Sounds like you have a great story for the Evening Standard. "No interest from MP and Ward Councillors".

      Who are the Ward Councillors?

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    3. Sir Merrick Cockell - A former head of RBKC
      Paul Warwick - A solicitor but not registered as one
      Will Pascal - A waste of space

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    4. Says it all. A waste of space.

      This is the armpit of public service. Three totally disinterested and self service individuals. Cockle - the Leader of the pack and mood setter extra ordinary - used to take friends to dinner in New York on a Saturday night (rest and recreation) and charge it up to tax payers. And when challenged he even "forgot" who he took to dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant.. How can Chelsea residents be expected to do business with trash like this?

      Deselect all three of them. Baggage.

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    5. Get the press after them. Useless Councillors.

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    6. These three guys are all pursuing their personal agendas. Pascal rents his house out to pay the Eton school fees for his boy. None of them are primarily concerned about their residents. They never understood what public service means. They just want to feel important and puff up at Council meetings and committees. And feed at the trough.

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  15. Exasperated by idiots2 March 2015 at 14:59

    14:41 What a stupid and dumb comment. What do you think they have been doing?
    The three ward councillors are totally disinterested as it the MP.
    Think before you spout nonsense and ponder how they have achieved a 9,000 strong petition, plus massive media coverage without leadership?
    You might also wonder what part the Hornet plays in disseminating the message through it 1500 a day pay views supported by tweets. Now go and wash the car and be useful!

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  16. Exasperated by idiots2 March 2015 at 15:00

    14:41 What a stupid and dumb comment. What do you think they have been doing?
    The three ward councillors are totally disinterested as it the MP.
    Think before you spout nonsense and ponder how they have achieved a 9,000 strong petition, plus massive media coverage without leadership?
    You might also wonder what part the Hornet plays in disseminating the message through it 1500 a day pay views supported by tweets. Now go and wash the car and be useful!

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  17. I have been looking at the details of Affinity Sutton and it seems it is a Ltd Company whose directors are affliated with Marston's PLC., N.M. Rothschild & Sons Ltd, C.Hoare & Co. Yo Suchi UK Ltd, to name but a few. All smacks of land grabbing for huge monetary gains. At the end of the day, this Ltd Company has the financial resources to "upgrade" the flats without selling them off to build luxury apartments (selling at millions per unit). If William Richard Sutton's family could not break "The Trust" he set up (as they tried to), it begs the question how Affinity Sutton Ltd can?
    IS THE CHARITY COMMISSION ASLEEP ON THE JOB ?????

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  18. Dear Exasperated..The campaigner have approached all of the ward councillors to no affect - this is the reason they and their supporters, myself included , have to go to such enormous lengths to get their message across, the regular democratic channels appear to only work for a select few - exasperated -im double whammy exasperated by you naivety.

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  19. Why do Affinity Shiton assume that its ok to knock down someones home , sit them on a building site for 8 years , and then, the generational residents have to watch as their community is bulldozed and luxury Homes are built for Non UK Passport Holders. Is this Conservative policy , really ?They should be entitled to Compensation as per Heathrow.

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    1. They think it's OK because they've watched it happen across the country. You've described precisely what's happening atWornington Green in N Ken, only tenants will be 'sat on the building site' for well over a decade.

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  20. Those poor people . This is not the one nation toryism i was brought up on . Shame on Greg Hands for allowing this to happen in Tory Heartland. This is just not Conservatism and certainly not the British Way . I believe the Luftwaffe could not bring down the Sutton Estate , thank God we had a proper Conservative leader in office at that time.

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  21. 'We are building more homes than ever for private sale, from first time buyer apartments to luxury houses. Our award-winning developments always exceed expectations'. Thats from Affinity Sutton Website...Where's the Charity bit ....

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  22. Lions Led By Donkeys.....History repeating itself

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  23. The Sutton Dwellings Trust was founded under the will of William Richard Sutton, dated 15 August 1894. Sutton ran a carrier business from Golden Lane, Finsbury and built up a huge personal fortune through wise investments and business expansion. When he died in 1900, he left £1,500,000 for the provision of model low-rented dwellings for occupation by the poor of London and other towns and populous places.

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  24. ' slums and overcrowding were tragedies and the greatness of the country lay in the houses of the people. It was sad to think that many people in Stepney had places not fit to be called houses '
    This was a statement from Stepney Council in the1950s... this what homes like the Sutton Estate were built to alleviate...have we learnt nothing

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  25. http://www.suttonestatechelsea.com/news-events/position-statement-march-2015.aspx

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    1. Council Watcher4 March 2015 at 14:23

      This is a very strong and convincing letter from Affinity Sutton. I am inclined to accept the arguments. But there is fierce noise from certain quarters that needs to be heard and understood. A detailed rebuttal of the letter in the Hornet will make no progress. Sutton and the anti campaigners need to sit quietly with a moderator and discuss their points of view. The ideal moderator is Greg Hands, MP for Chelsea.

      And the objectors need to ask the Council to carry out an Impact Assessment Study. Making objections at the Planning Committee, Chaired by the hopeless Cllr Warwick will get nowhere. Warwick will decide before the meeting how he and the Tories should vote and then he will give objectors three minutes to "spout". It is his primitive idea of democracy.

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  26. The Suttons are needed today to provide affordable homes for working people just as much as in 1915 when my grandmother and mother moved in - they are good for another 100 years. The philanthropist Mr Sutton must be turning in his grave to know his homes are now run by a company whose only affinity is with making a massive profit and turning working people out onto the streets, the very opposite of his intentions.

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  27. it wasnt ian hendersons idea for the sunken garden it was brian wilson ex member of sutton housing trust staff

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