They've been shown a successful operating community based housing organisation in Northfield, one that was described in an LSE report last year as a 'model of progress'
'in improving housing performance in terms of reduced voids, increased repair, increased tenant involvement, much intensified neighbourhood management, training of super caretakers in multi-skilled, community oriented, hands-on maintenance, cleaning and other front line care. The district has played an important role in experimenting with new ideas of neighbourhood management. Politicians of different parties and the local MP have played a supportive role in ensuring ground-level progress within a devolved structure. There has also been considerable local work on stock condition and a range of investment options.'
It has been a success, no doubt about it. The CBHO is approaching the point where it should be able to stand up as a proper Tenants Management Organisation and take the landlord functions down to a local level, where it can be properly responsive to the people.
Problem is, the Tory leadership of the council doesn't like that sort of thing. They want to roll back on the whole devolution of power idea - which partly explained this week's decision to pull the plug on the Druids Heath Tenants Management Cooperative. Additionally, the TMC has some nice land that the council needs to flog off to fund their half-hearted attempts to meet the Decent Homes Standard.
So, sadly, the Northfield CBHO may not know it yet, but a similar axe will be hovering over their heads.