Residents’ champions step down

FYI Why I Love Mereside.  Bruce Allen, Ann Allen and Shirley Matthews.
FYI Why I Love Mereside. Bruce Allen, Ann Allen and Shirley Matthews.
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A row over ‘red tape’ has prompted long-standing community stalwarts to step down from their roles.

Ann and Bruce Allen have resigned from the Mereside Tenants and Residents Association, along with the group’s chairman John Raine and campaigner Shirley Matthews.

They claimed the group was being bogged down by complex procedures written into the constitution which they claim are stopping them achieving things quickly. Now they hope to set up an alternative organisation to act as a voice for residents.

Mrs Allen said: “The current tenants and residents association has too many constraints, it’s getting too bogged down in red tape.

“I want to work with and for the people, after all they’re the ones that matter.

“I want to work with the right people in the right organisations. We intend to work closely with many agencies working in the Clifton Area, especially the council and Blackpool Coastal Housing, to improve the area.”

The resignations took place at the association’s annual meeting.

Mr Raine said: “It was all rules and points of order, which was getting in the way of actually achieving anything, so we decided to break away from the group.”

Mr Allen (pictured above) said: “As an estate changes, so do people’s priorities.

“The association has now evolved as far as it can.

“This is the 21st century and residents no longer want a brew and bingo organisation.

“They want more, they want a voice, they want to be heard.”

Clifton ward councillor Adrian Hutton said the residents association would continue.

He said: “We had a constitution which had been in place for 12 years and it didn’t cover some of the issues it needed to.

“So we took some advice and have updated it.

“These people have spent a lot of time working for the people of Mereside.

“The association is still up and running and hopefully, given time, they will come back on board.”

Anyone who would like to get involved with the Mereside Tenants and Residents Association can contact Coun Hutton on (01253) 767636.