Finally some good news for the leaseholders hit with massive bills from the Council for the installation of digital aerials.
This paper is going to Tuesday’s meeting of the Labour Cabinet that runs Haringey, with some clear recommendations that will help leaseholders. It’s taken a lot of nagging from me, Lynne Featherstone, leaseholder groups, individual residents and others to get to this stage – but now at least some success.
Assuming that the recommendations are accepted, the biggest news for leaseholders is that they will see the costs of digital aerial installation capped at a maximum of £400. This is still a lot of money – and considerably more than many other London boroughs (you can read all about the original plans here). But it will more than halve some of the bills leaseholders were facing and importantly it is retrospective – so those that have already been forced to shell out a small fortune will be able to get some of their money back.
There will also be a block-by-block consultation – involving leaseholders and tenants – to see if each block wants the full (expensive) IRS system or the more basic digital aerial. If they go for the full IRS then the maximum cost will be £400 each, the basic system will obviously be cheaper.
A cap and block-by-block consultation are two of the things that us local Lib Dems and the Haringey Leaseholders Association have been calling for. The cap is higher than probably either of us would have set if we had the option, but will still come as a relief to many.
So, another victory for common sense and perseverance! Unless Haringey Labour decide to ignore the recommendations – we will find out next Tuesday.