… the area manager was telling residents the flat was ‘part of estate’ only three months ago
Mere Court residents have been given until August 19 by Peverel to vote on whether they want a live-in house manager. If they don’t, the flat will be sold.
They should vote as they wish and according to what they believe is best for the site. They should also include a letter to Peverel saying that it should not be selling the house manager’s flat until the ownership of the flat has been established.
The flat may be a common part of the site and cannot be sold.
Peverel is offering a £10,000 contribution to the contingency fund if the flat is sold. At Homepine House, in Folkestone, where the house manager’s flat was sold two months ago, £10,000 has been paid into the contingency fund by Peverel.
Although the flat has been on the Land Registry as belonging to Peverel since 2009, it now emerges that area manager Sarah Whitehouse was telling Mere Court residents that the flat was “part of the building and estate” only three months ago.
Her letter is reproduced below.
Four Peverel retirement sites in Cheshire are currently in a state of disturbance over issues concerning house managers:
– Mere Court, Knutsford
– Metcalfe Court in Romiley, where the residents feel the freeholder Fairhold (part of the Tchenguiz Family Trust, Peverel’s former owner) resisted their wishes to rid themselves of an in-house manager. Suspicions were such that local LibDem MP Andrew Stunell had to witness the counting of the vote in Fairhold’s offices in London’s Mayfair. The residents successfully ended having an in-house manager.
– Ash Court, Knutsford, where well liked house manager Marge Ashley felt she “had to resign”, after 10 years in the job. She has now been relieved of all duties and is not allowed to work her notice. Area manager Sarah Whitehouse has told residents “not to contact Marge for anything pertaining to Ash Court”. (below)
– Warford Park, Mobberley, where the Peverel house manager, who has been in situ for 16 years, has been told by administrators of the freeholder (Total Deal) to be gone by August 19 so the flat can be sold. This issue is being investigated by MP George Osborne and, at this stage, Peverel appears uninvolved in the process.
Mere Court: flat “part of the building and estate”. Click to read
Ash Court: “do not to contact Marge for anything pertaining to Ash Court”. Click to read