Thursday 30 October 2003 7.53pm
Yes James, I am a Tabard resident and went to the ballot count and announcement of the result, which was in favour of the TMC continuing to manage the estate, by about 60-40. The turnout was fairly good too. I will post the exact figures when they become available.
Tabard Estate has been through some horrendous times recently, for all sorts of reasons. I am pleased that people have now endorsed the idea of having resident control, but there is a long way to go to rebuild trust. In addition to the usual apathy, even people who do want to participate havent got a clue what to make of the recent torrents of conflicting propaganda, and are turned right off by the awful meetings and personalities who seem unable to focus on improving things but would rather waste everyones time disproving the 'opposition'. My hope is that the dynamic new director can help spend our estate's money effectively and re-establish genuine rather than nominal resident involvement, and in a few years the estate will be a fantastic place with a vibrant community.
To any Tabard residents reading this, I would say that the more people decide to have nothing to do with the management of the estate, the longer the back-biters and political agenda-pushers will remain in control. The committees need ordinary, sound, committed residents urgently! This is not a condemnation of those not involved - I totally understand that its not everybody's cup of tea, and that recent events couldn't have been more off-putting. But the only way to improve things is for a bunch of people to get involved who, as Ants puts it, are capable of "working together for the greater good of the Tabard Gardens