I was very disappointed to read about the impending fate of the Benevolent Fund housing at Mill Hill Close. I spent two years renting a property there and came to know many of the residents.
I am most upset at the lack of regard that is being shown to them by the ICE. This estate is their home and I am sure they never expected to see the day when the ICE would sell their homes to boost the revenue of the fund. It is a distressing time for these people and yet the loss of £2M on the stockmarket dictates their fate.
I object to the vote being limited to the trustees of the Benevolent Fund. The Fund is supported by donations from members of the ICE and hence all members should be entitled to vote on the sale of such an important asset.
I would urge the trustees to fully explore the income potential of the estate if vacant properties were let at current market rates, or if the site was converted to accommodate a national training/conference centre with the houses and flats providing self catering accommodation for delegates.
Fiona Tiley ftiley@hotmail. com