FEDERATION SURPRISE AS
RIVERSIDE BOSS QUITS
News that Mr Patrick Leonard is to leave
Riverside Housing Association came as an unexpected surprise this week.
His reason for moving is not yet known. Nor is it known who will succeed him a regional director in charge of Riverside`s Carlisle operation.
Mr Leonard`s new job is at Howgill Children`s Centre at Whitehaven, a registered charity.
Mr Leonard took charge of Riverside Carlisle when the city`s 9000 council houses were privatised ten years ago.
Since that time, Riverside`s Carlisle operations have been criticised many times by the Federation which is now campaigning for the houses to be returned to city ownership.
The Federation says the houses should belong to the city as part of Carlisle`s 100-year old heritage of building council houses.
News of Mr Leonard`s departure came on the same day that the Federation was discussing Riverside with members of a Carlisle City Council scrutiny panel. A Federation representative went along to ask a couple of questions about
Particularly, the Federation wanted to know how well
was coping with its tenants` bedroom tax problems. And also, whether Riverside was being properly checked by the council as being fair and efficient with its tenants. Riverside
The answers from the panel were very disappointing- there seemed to be no scrutiny of
, scrutiny which might prod the organisation into a better performance. Riverside
The Federation will discuss the disappointing panel meeting and Mr Leonard`s surprising departure at its next meeting on April 18.