Constituency MP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East Stuart McDonald and local MSP Jamie Hepburn have highlighted an opportunity for tenants of Sanctuary Cumbernauld to have their say on proposals which could see it merge other parts of the Sanctuary Group.
The Scottish Housing Regulator has given permission for the group to take their plans forward, allowing them now to seek the approval of the tenants who would be affected.
Ballot papers have been issued this week, by the independent electoral services organisation, to all the affected tenants. Tenants can vote by post, telephone, text or online and have until 3pm on Monday 15th February 2016 to do so.
The local SNP duo are urging tenants to use their ballots to have their say on these proposals.
Commenting on the announcement Mr McDonald said:
“It is encouraging to see that the Sanctuary Group are taking proactive steps to ensure that it is easy for tenants to participate in this process.
“They have a duty to place the interest of their tenants first and any such changes to the structures of the organisation must have the backing of tenants.
“I too would urge all tenants to take the time to cast their vote on these proposals before the deadline.”
Mr Hepburn said:
“Sanctuary Cumbernauld, having engaged with local tenants, have now made the case for this merger. There appear to be some merits to the arguments that they have laid out.
“It is of course rightly a matter for Sanctuary tenants themselves to decide on the advantages or otherwise of the proposed merger.
“I would urge all Sanctuary tenants, who should have received their ballots by now, to look carefully at what is being proposed and to use their ballot to let their views be known on these proposals.