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|The Grim Reapers - Retroactive Preemption and Stitch-Up
Chester & District Housing Trust Limited “The Trust”
John Denny, Chief Executive
|The Grim Reapers - Retroactive Preemption and Stitch-Up
Chester & District Housing Trust Limited “The Trust”
John Denny, Chief Executive
This case study describes one of several attempts by Trust executive directors and managers maliciously to incriminate the Tenant by using kill-the-messenger strategies to silence him and cover up their illegal activity. By that, they have caused the Tenant to live in a virtually uninhabitable flat and left him without heat and hot water for twelve months including the coldest time of the year. They have denied that a problem exists and neglected to stop carbon monoxide and other noxious fumes entering from other flats for sixteen months.
Section 37 of the Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 allows for the prosecution of any director, executive director or manager of the Trust (or anyone acting in that capacity) where a health and safety offence is committed. This provision targets executive directors and managers who ignore or close their eyes to health and safety risks affecting tenants that they have a duty of care to address in accordance with law. [Duty of Care]
All Trust correspondence and actions that reference appointments for gas appliance inspections at the subject flat (since 20 Aug 11) form part of the retroactive preemption scam that prevented inspection by independent structural and gas engineers. That scam included bizarre attempts, allegedly orchestrated by Knight, to manufacture evidence with intent to displace Trust negligence and malfeasance onto the Tenant. [Retroactive Preemption]
The Tenant reviewed this report
Although Stephen J Mosley MP (Conservative Chester) has no authority over Council administrative or legal proceedings, he has quoted his psychopathic consort Paul Knight, Assistant Director of Performance and Income, Chester & District Housing Trust Ltd. about issues in evidence pending an appellate hearing. Knight continues his attempt to evade his responsibility to address serious carbon monoxide and other noxious gas emissions in Trust properties by trying to delay justice then deny it.
Knight has now evidently enlisted the help of Mosley (the Cheshire Phat Cat) who sent the following disinformation (backdated to
I have spoken to CDHT today and understand from them that your complaint with them has been taken through to Stage 2 in their complaints procedure involving a hearing which you did not attend. They have also been investigated by their regulators, the Tenants Services Authority and by the Health and Safety Executive who found no evidence of non-compliance on behalf of the Trust. Cheshire West and Chester Council have also investigated your complaint and have found no evidence to support your claims.
Mosley used absolute lies by a proven pathological liar to insinuate himself into matters that did not concern him. He tried to intimidate the Tenant to detract from a public inquiry into associated issues which he delayed for more than a year. By that, he allegedly perverted the course of justice.
The Trust sabotaged professional investigation of negligence and withheld evidence intended for use at a Stage Two complaint hearing. An expert inspection would have disclosed widespread violation of Health and Safety laws that has left thousands of Trust tenants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning: an opinion reinforced by a BBC Special Report
The Tenant reported carbon monoxide and other noxious emissions entering his flat from other flats
Heritage evaded her responsibility to address the complaint and arrange inspection and repairs by a qualified gas technician as required by health and safety regulations. The Tenant has had to confine himself to the bedroom and has not had use of the living and kitchen areas of the two-bedroom flat. He had to cook his food in a microwave in the passage outside the bathroom for almost seventeen months. By that, Heritage arguably breached the Tenant’s lease also human rights when one takes into consideration his age (80 next birthday) and revisions to several laws that recently came into effect
The Tenant filed a Stage Two Complaint with John Denny, Chief Executive CDHT
Denny received a notice that if the Stage Two Complaint did not receive immediate action in accordance with Trust procedures, then the Tenant would file criminal complaints for multiple abuse of process by Knight. Denny did not respond to the Stage Two Complaint; instead, Knight, a pathological liar, started a disingenuous stitch-up to try to displace responsibility for neglect to provide gas maintenance services onto the Tenant. He created a bizarre servicing merry-go-round allegedly to preempt the Stage Two Complaint hearing. [About Psychopaths]
Health and Safety Executive acknowledged receipt of a copy of the Stage Two Complaint
Subcontractors and Trust employees knew that the Tenant would spend two periods away from the flat for health and safety reasons (35 days from
During the period
Eight Trust employees and subcontractors contacted or visited the Tenant’s flat without an appointment during that six-week period. They had full knowledge that an inspection could not take place in the absence of the Tenant (the responsible party) and without a gas supply. Those email or telephone contacts and visits only served to harass the Tenant and fabricate evidence to cover-up Trust negligence in not providing gas inspection service during the previous seven months.
In documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the Tenant found that Garwood had filed a request for a gas check at the flat with Cheshire West & Chester council without sending a copy to the Tenant. She slanted the wording in such a way that council employees could not recognize a problem and would refuse the request. She then entered that rejection as evidence.
When the Tenant returned to the flat, National Grid Gas (NGG) arbitrarily capped the gas
Fraudulent Gas Capping
Sarah Banwell, Housing Officer (Anti-social Behaviour), Chester & District Housing Trust (the Trust) conspired with Paul Knight, Assistant Director of Performance and Income and Stuart Crosthwaite, Business Assurance Manager to harass the Tenant. They created an antisocial behaviour scenario using an unlawful stitch-up of an elderly tenant to prevent investigation of faulty gas appliances, flues and voids. That forced him to live in a flat without heat or hot water with attendant risks from noxious fumes which have for seventeen months adversely affected his health and safety also denied him his right to a live-in carer.
Banwell conspired with Ian Doyle, a rogue gas technician employed by National Grid Gas (NGG) and Hamish Laird (an unlicensed Trust employee posing as a gas maintenance engineer) permanently to cap the gas supply. That showed malicious intent to hide evidence of structural defects needed for a Stage Two Complaint hearing. By that, they prevented the Tenant’s independent surveyor from inspecting the property to gather evidence of Trust neglect to stop carbon monoxide emissions and other health and safety risks.
The Tenant needed that inspection and a professional opinion to support an appeal of decisions made by government regulators predicated upon false evidence supplied to them in a consort among Knight, Crosthwaite and Garwood. The Tenant later discovered that Banwell had acted on the orders of Knight and Crosthwaite and gave her three opportunities to mitigate the damage caused by her involvement. She neglected to respond.
Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and NGG have still not disclosed whether Doyle acted as an independent contractor or as an employee of National Grid Gas carrying out an official work order initiated by NGG. Rebecca Winter (contacted
In an attempt to mitigate, NGG elevated the issues to a higher management level. The results of ongoing negotiations will determine whether Doyle, Denman and Winter jointly and severally face criminal complaints or whether NGG mitigates the damage they have allegedly caused and reprimands them within NGG corporate policy. Either way, NGG must release withheld information and documents in a spirit of cooperation and transparency to allow investigation of the Trust by government regulators to proceed.
Banwell acted in violation of the Trust Tenancy agreement and gas regulations when she allowed unidentified individuals to enter the premises. By that, she showed malicious intent. She colluded with Doyle and Hamish in hiding their names and ID numbers and accompanied them in harassment of the Tenant then refused to identify the people who instructed her to organize a stitch-up in an attempt to fabricate evidence that would indict the Tenant.
Government regulators have since released copies of documents (which the Trust filed with them) under the Freedom of Information Act. They support allegations of forgery, neglect of a duty of care and harassment by the Trust and unlawful behavior by Banwell, Doyle and Laird who hold either individual or mutual responsibility to the Tenant under Trust rules and statutes in pari materia (law that deals with the same matter or subject). The gas remains capped
In an unsigned, undated, false and misleading management statement (received
By that statement, the Trust arguably made HSE responsible for ordering the illegal capping of the gas at the property against objections by the Tenant (the responsible party). The Tenant did not complain that he “had been poisoned by carbon monoxide”; instead, he complained that emissions of carbon monoxide and other noxious gases from several flats caused a recurrence of his reflux condition, tinnitus and vertigo. Moreover, the emissions from other flats had nothing to do with capping the Tenant’s gas supply
Gas Safety Regulations 1998, #2451, Health and Safety.
Those Regulations apply to Alderney House.
The Tenant has turned of the gas at this location and, by law,
The Regulations require that: if the responsible person for any premises knows or has reason to suspect that gas or carbon monoxide has escaped into those premises, he/she shall immediately take all reasonable steps to cause the supply of gas to be shut off at such place as may be necessary to prevent further emissions. Where an escape of gas has been stopped by shutting off the supply, no person shall cause or permit the supply to be re-opened until all necessary steps have been taken to prevent a recurrence of the emissions.
In this regulation, any reference to an escape of gas from a gas fitting includes a reference to an escape or emission of carbon monoxide gas resulting from incomplete combustion of gas in a gas fitting, but to the extent that this regulation relates to such an escape or emission of carbon monoxide gas, the requirements imposed upon a supplier shall, where the escape or emission is notified to the supplier by the person to whom the gas has been supplied, be limited to advising that person of the immediate action to be taken to prevent such escape or emission and the need for the examination and, where necessary, repair of the fitting by a competent person.
In the Tenant’s presence, Doyle and Laird not only violated tenant rights under the lease but also destroyed personal property despite Tenant objections. The Tenant asked them to show their ID three times; however, Doyle responded with disrespect and threatened the Tenant with police action when the Tenant again insisted on him identifying himself.
Upon further insistence by the Tenant, Doyle identified himself only as “Ian” and continued to refuse to provide his surname then adopted a threatening attitude. Doyle eventually provided a false name and an outdated CORGI registration number to try to placate the Tenant. By that, he showed deliberate intent to deceive. Tenant retired to a safe distance and watched Doyle and Laird vandalize the notice, break the seals on the meter box and cap the gas
A transcript obtained under Freedom of Information Act showed that Laird had effectively "made a deal" with Sands by telephone earlier that day arbitrarily to cap the gas allegedly to prevent the surveyor from finding the cause of the carbon monoxide problems. It later transpired that Laird acted as an unqualified gas engineer: a criminal offence. Gas Safe Register has now removed his name from the register.
The Trust must not terminate the Tenant’s life-time tenancy without cause; instead, it has attempted to “kill the messenger” for exposing and reporting health and safety risks and unlawful activity by the Trust. Banwell (in a consort with Knight and Crosthwaite) orchestrated a series of harassing circumstances in the hope of a reaction by the Tenant that could construe as antisocial behavior. That would give her grounds for obtaining a police antisocial behavior order.
By that, Banwell used regulations that apply to her duty of care to tenants for malicious purposes by trying to orchestrate an unlawful stitch-up. In fact, the only antisocial behaviour that occurred relates to actions by Knight, Crosthwaite, Banwell, Doyle and Laird. The term “stitch-up” describes an illegal act to incriminate by fabricating evidence and bringing false charges under antisocial behaviour legislation.
Banwell knew that charges of antisocial behavior comprised the only way that the Trust could evict the Tenant and silence his reports of carbon monoxide emissions. Consequently, she tried to orchestrate conditions that would warrant the issue of a police antisocial behavior order (ASBO) against him as evidence which would enable the Trust to evict him. By that, Banwell committed multiple violations of Trust health and safety policy and covered up alleged criminal behavior by Trust executive directors and managers.
The Trust would rather evict the Tenant than spend money to replace appliances and voids to correct carbon monoxide problems. That would leave an unsuspecting replacement tenant, probably a gullible elderly person desperate for accommodation, vulnerable to the same health and safety risks that exist as the result of ongoing non-compliance with gas regulations.
All Trust tenants sign a Tenancy Agreement not to cause nuisance to neighbors in the area or local community. Under that agreement all tenants have a responsibility not only for their own behaviour, but also for the behaviour of visitors who must not cause nuisance or become involved in antisocial behavior on Trust premises or in the surrounding area. Antisocial behavior defines as minor events capable of causing alarm, distress and inconvenience to Trust tenants such as inconsiderate parking or neglect of a garden through to serious acts of harassment or violence. Banwell has arguably committed or orchestrated multiple acts of harassment.
Sarah Banwell - Housing Officer and Undercover Police Agent
During a background check to ascertain the reason for Banwell’s surprise visit to his flat
Banwell set up a false and misleading strategy to intimidate the Tenant who had filed Stage One and Stage Two Complaints against executive directors and managers to whom she reports. Regardless of the content of those complaints, Banwell allegedly committed criminal acts to protect her supervisors from criminal prosecution. She publicly stated that: “Chester and District Housing Trust works extremely closely with the police and other partner agencies to improve community safety” which further confirms Trust managerial involvement with police officers to the detriment of tenants. The repeated persuasive statements by Knight that the Tenant report him to the police strengthens that assertion.
Banwell stated that Trust executive directors and managers: “were delighted with the success of this initiative in the past and will continue to work with the police in other such initiatives which we believe will have a positive effect on the lives of not only our tenants but other members of our communities”. That defines as an open admission by a Housing Officer that she effectively discloses confidential tenant information protected by the Data Protection Act 1998 to police officers. [Samantha Stanford - WIP]
Banwell’s behavior and that of Samantha Stanford (a Trust social worker who provided confidential information about the Tenant to enable Banwell to plan her stitch-up) shows that Knight and Crosthwaite use Trust employees charged with a duty of care toward tenants to obtain confidential information for malicious purposes.
Garwood confirmed in writing that confidential information about tenants freely circulates without their permission among Trust employees regardless of their employment band. Knight effectively uses that information to alleviate his antisocial personality disorders through the sadistic delight he derives from ridiculing and abusing elderly people. [About Psychopaths]
Unlawful Entry to Trust Premises
The Tenant observed three people from his second-floor flat window remove their ID cards from their necklace card holders before entering the building. They then rang the flat doorbell. Those actions support allegations of joint and several intent to create a condition that could result in malicious antisocial behavior charges against the Tenant without taking responsibility for their actions.
Banwell and two men entered the subject building
By admitting two men unknown to the Tenant into the building without his permission and expecting him to admit them into his apartment without the notice required by the Tenancy Agreement, Banwell violated the rental agreement. When the Tenant requested ID, they all refused to identify themselves or show their ID cards. After constant pressure by the Tenant to reveal their names, Banwell identified herself, one of them gave a false name and they all withheld their ID numbers.
Government regulators later revealed the names of the two men as Ian Doyle, National Grid Gas and Hamish Laird, Chester & District Housing Trust. Laird has still not released his ID# and Gas Safe Register (GSR) will not verify his ID or gas servicing credentials without it. Since that inquiry, GSR has removed Laird’s Trust gas servicing entry and photograph from their web site which indicates that he does not hold gas servicing credentials. Both Doyle and Laird used aliases for their job descriptions while Banwell aided and abetted their deception.
Prior to leaving through the front door, Banwell evidently instructed Doyle permanently to cap the gas supply regardless of objections raised by the Tenant who in law classifies as the responsible first party. The capping had the sole purpose of preventing the Tenant’s structural surveyor from forming a professional opinion and giving evidence at a panel hearing (kangaroo court) which Councillor Rob Thompson chaired. [Kangaroo Court]
While on the premises, Doyle and Laird allegedly committed a series of criminal acts by breaking into the sealed meter box (posted with a warning notice) without permission of the Tenant and capped the gas supply despite the Tenant’s objections. By that, they allegedly took part in a campaign of criminal harassment in violation of the Equality Act 2010. They did not hand the Tenant a certificate that complied with gas regulations.
After spending time together in a Trust van parked on an adjacent property, Doyle and Laird put a forged National Grid Gas certificate through the flat letter box. That certificate contained false and misleading information which included Laird signing as proxy for the Tenant despite his previous objections. He signed as “Heating Services Officer, CDHT” allegedly a false job title. By that, they committed acts which could become subject to serious criminal complaints.
The alleged criminal acts allowed the Trust to hold a fraudulent Stage Two Complaint hearing and to leave the Tenant without heat or hot water for another four winter months. During that period the Trust decided to rewire the premises which additionally left the Tenant without electricity and any means of communication for two days when he could not leave the flat and had no light, heat or hot water. To survive, the Tenant remained fully clothed in bed.
Garwood knew from unlawfully accessing personal information provided by Stanford that the Tenant would not reside at the subject flat for five weeks for health and safety reasons caused by emissions. The Trust knew that engineers would not be admitted to the apartment until an independent structural and gas engineer inspected the premises. However, in desperation they attempted to gain access to the flat by using a stitch-up for the sole purpose of preempting independent inspection and to fudge evidence for a Stage Two Complaint hearing.
The Trust arbitrarily refused to discuss the Tenant’s offer to mitigate
The mitigation statement gave the Trust an opportunity immediately to install new appliances and make structural repairs to correct ongoing health and safety damage to tenants over a period of eight months and to bring the premises into compliance with the Act (as amended).
1. By immediately capping the gas at #405 to end dangerous carbon monoxide emissions and to end the discriminatory treatment of tenants by capping the gas at #407 but not #405;
2. By prohibiting the tenant at #405 in particular, and other tenants generally, from smoking tobacco anywhere on the premises in accordance with the posted regulations.
3. By giving an undertaking that the Trust will either provide permanent new electric water and radiator heating at flats #403, #405 and #407 within thirty days or replace gas installations at flats #403, #405 and #407 within 30 days with the Baxi Bermuda BBU HE that the Trust tested and claim to have installed in a Melrose Avenue, Chester property.
4. By sealing all flues and voids that presently transmit carbon monoxide and other noxious fumes under the supervision of an independent chartered surveyor regardless of whether electricity or gas fuels the replacement appliances.
Tenant costs in legal and project research to refute the frivolous, vexatious, unsubstantiated assertions used by Trust executive directors and managers to evade their duty of care and legal responsibilities, also the cost of investigating the broadened issues associated with the original complaints, currently amount to more than £83,700.00
nota bene (17 Oct 13)
Health & Safety Executive and Gas Safe Register have done nothing to address the issues described in the above article and have left an octogenarian without heat and hot water for
Laird continues to file fraudulent gas certificates although the property has had no gas or inspection in accordance with HSE regulations for almost three years. The Trust has sabotaged attempts by the Tenant to mitigate the damage at his own expense. That covers up HCA and HSE failure to investigate fraud and neglect attributed to the Trust which could construe as multiple misconduct in public office.
A survey among 4,300 private sector tenants (09 May 13) shows an estimated 900,000 people in England now at risk from gas safety hazards. YouGov an international, online market research agency that offers research and market intelligence reports conducted the survey for Shelter, a registered charity that campaigns to end homelessness and bad housing in England and Scotland.
HSE has now brought a case against a landlord and fined her and the gas fitters which is more the exception than the norm.
Essex Landlord fined for employing Illegal Gas Fitters
A landlord has been prosecuted for safety failings relating to illegal and dangerous gas work at two properties in Essex.
Claire Sherwood employed the same illegal gas fitters to install boilers at her own house on Lexden Road, Colchester, on 31 March 2012, and a month later, on 23 April, at a property she owned on Sovereign Crescent, Colchester.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard yesterday (16 October 2013) that an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mrs Sherwood, in her role as a landlord of the Sovereign Crescent property, had failed to check that the gas fitters she had employed were competent. She should have ensured they were registered with the Gas Safe Register – a legal requirement for anyone undertaking gas work.
Claire Sherwood, of Lexden Road, Colchester, was fined a total of £950 and ordered to pay £4,000 in costs after being found guilty of breaching Regulation 36(4) of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
The illegal fitters have been sentenced separately for safety failings.
After the hearing, HSE principal inspector Toni Drury said:
“Mrs Sherwood did not do all that was reasonable to ensure those she employed to fit a boiler at her tenanted property were competent and legally allowed to do so. She therefore put the lives of her tenants at risk.
“Every year people die from CO poisoning caused by gas appliances and flues that have not been properly installed or maintained, or that are poorly ventilated. Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can also cause fires, explosions or gas leaks.
“Unregistered gas fitters do not have the training, knowledge or experience to work on gas fittings safely. They endanger the lives of the public for financial gain, fraudulently avoiding the time and expense of becoming competent and registered.”
“HSE will not hesitate to prosecute those who put lives at risk.”
The Big Lie
Russell Kramer, chief executive of Gas Safe Register, added: “Every Gas Safe registered engineer carries a Gas Safe ID card, which shows who they are and the type of gas appliances they are qualified to work on. We always encourage the public to ask for and check the card and if they do have any concerns about the safety of work carried out in their home, to speak to us. Every year we investigate hundreds of reports of illegal gas work.
Section 37 of the Health & Safety Offences Act 2008 allows for the prosecution of any director, executive director or manager of the Trust (or anyone acting in that capacity) where a health and safety offence is committed. This provision targets executive directors and managers who ignore or close their eyes to health and safety risks affecting tenants that they have a duty of care to address in accordance with law.
The biased and unsubstantiated Stage Two Complaint (kangaroo court) hearing decision by Robert J Thompson, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chester & District Housing Trust Ltd., Chair of the Stage Two Complaint hearing and Liberal Democrat Councillor (Hoole), Cheshire West & Chester Council shows another attempt to silence the Tenant.
Thompson claimed that: “The Panel was concerned that you say that you do not currently have hot water and that you acknowledge that your flat is currently being heated by electrical appliances”. Neither the flat nor the water system has heat from electrical appliances. The gas radiators and boiler have had no gas supply since the Tenant turned the supply off
Thompson also claimed: “It is vital that you advise the Trust as to when one of the Trust's engineers can call in order that your gas appliances may be tested and your full facilities restored”. That red herring covers up the fact that the Trust employs no independent gas engineer qualified to inspect and provide evidence to an appeals tribunal about structural deficiency in flues and voids. The Tenant did not complain about his gas appliances; instead, he reported carbon monoxide and other noxious emissions from other flats over which he had no control.
Thompson has now become jointly and severally liable with Trust executive directors and managers in any criminal complaints that the Tenant chooses to file regarding the ongoing harassment and health and safety risks to tenants which violate laws and apply to their duty of care to elderly people. Thompson also has a distinct conflict of interest and should have recused himself in all matters relating to these complaints.
The Tenant requested Councillor Eleanor Johnson, Lord Mayor of Chester and Chairman of Council, Conservative Councillor (Gowy), Cheshire West & Chester Council also a Trust board director to commence a public inquiry into the abuse and harassment of elderly tenants who report carbon monoxide emissions in Trust flats and houses. The Tenant also asked Johnson with due diligence to order Thompson and Trust executive officers and managers to cease and desist harassment of the Tenant. She responded with a frivolous one-liner. Thompson must provide copies of the minutes taken at the panel hearing to the Tenant. Those minutes must name panel participants, witnesses, support officer and recorder. Thompson must also provide the minutes and copies of all documents submitted at the panel hearing in accordance with Council mandates. He has ignored a deadline set by the Tenant (10 Feb 12) to comply with standards set by Cheshire West & Chester Council. [Due Diligence]
Johnson referred the issues to Mike Jones, Leader of the Council who also responded with insolence. All three Councillors must now answer a Chester West & Cheshire Council, Code of Conduct complaint. Councillor Ann Wright terminated her appointment as a Trust board director (22 Feb 12) following the filing of that complaint (20 Feb 12).
Duty of Care
Neglect by the Trust to provide maintenance services and to repair faulty gas appliances and flues to stop emission of carbon monoxide and other noxious fumes into living accommodation have made the Tenant’s flat virtually unhabitable. Those emissions, and other unacceptable living conditions, have caused deterioration of the health of the Tenant (who reaches the age of 80 next year). The strain upon the Tenant of continuing to fight for his human rights for almost a year have had an adverse affect on his health and welfare. Effectively, Trust executive directors and managers have tried to kill the messenger to silence the message which contains details of their alleged neglect and criminal activity.
At the time of writing, the Tenant must confine all his activity to the least polluted room in the flat with the windows on both sides of the building open to create a through draft that reduces pollution which emanates from the flat below. This condition has become even more serious now that temperatures have dropped to below zero. The Trust has challenged his right to habitable living accommodation guaranteed by law which has reduced him to living and sleeping in one room without heat (apart from a small fan electric heater) and hot water while eating food that does not require cooking.
Knight and Crosthwaite (as proxies for Denny) have maliciously caused a virtually uninhabitable condition for the Tenant which he has to frequently vacate to mitigate damage to his health. They refused to provide service and maliciously and unlawfully capped the gas to prevent inspection of appliances and voids by qualified structural and gas engineers which would document the state of disrepair. They then filed false and misleading reports with Health and Safety Executive to cover up alleged criminal activity.
The Trust has now brought about a situation that allows publication of details of this denial of human rights in the public domain. Hopefully, dissemination of that information will warn other elderly people and families about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and other health and safety risks that currently exist in 1000 Trust flats.
The articles will also make the public aware of the harassment and bullying that accompanies attempts by Trust executive directors and managers to silence tenants who make complaints. Tenants live in fear of eviction when the Trust uses threats of antisocial behaviour orders based upon trumped-up charges to try to silence and evict them.
The Trust and private landlords have a duty of care to tenants (required by Health and Safety Executive) to act immediately upon receipt of a report of a dangerous gas condition. In this case, the condition has existed since the Tenant took occupancy and The Trust has not addressed the complaint since the filing more than sixteen months ago.
The Trust has not exercised due diligence (a legally binding process under the Chester & District Tenancy Agreement) by inquiring into the environmental characteristics of the property. The Trust did not verify information and documentation provided by the Tenant in order to facilitate a decision as to the urgency for gas maintenance and repairs to take place. Instead, Trust employees ridiculed, harassed and bullied the Tenant. They arbitrarily made a decision to deny service by falsely stating that they had inspected the building and found no fault. No inspection has taken place since the filing of the complaint. [Tenant Case Study]
About the Author
Paul Trummel has written hundreds of articles on corporate, trade union, senior and academic abuse also institutionalized racism. He founded Contra Cabal (one of the first electronic magazines to appear on the web) for which he develops the site, writes articles, designs pages, and produces graphics.
Published in print since 1944 and on the web since 1992, without a single legitimate challenge to the authenticity of his reporting, he has spent sixty years as an investigative journalist and graphic designer, twenty years as a new media industry CEO and systems designer-consultant, and thirty years as a post-graduate professor teaching computer industry executives working on masters or doctoral degrees as students of journalism, law, and graphic design. He has attended or chaired hundreds of academic committee meetings and organized international conventions. [More About the Author]
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Chester & District Housing Trust Ltd.
John Denny, Paul Knight and Stuart Crosthwaite have, in an alleged conspiracy to defraud the Tenant, refused to provide public information about public sector employees. Crosthwaite refused in writing (05 Dec 11) to provide job titles and job descriptions of specific staff members and supervisors although the Trust previously published a chart containing the names and job titles of Trust officials. By that, they enabled several officials and staff members to use aliases and false or misleading job descriptions and proxies in a conspiracy to defraud in violation of the Fraud Act 2006. Section 2 includes fraud by false representation, fraud by failing to disclose information and fraud by abuse of position.
The author requested information about Trust officials, staff members and direct supervisors to complete validation and verification of content which alleges criminal acts in order to hold other officials and staff members harmless. Trust officials prevented that process. To partly overcome the withholding of public information, the author has listed the people named in the articles and their false or misleading titles. The supervisors of the staff members committing criminal acts remain unknown; however, they become jointly and severally liable for the acts of their subordinates.
Listed in alphabetical order due to unlawful withholding by Trust officials of seniority or status. None of the protagonists responded to the three opportunities to mitigate sent to each of them.
Sarah Banwell, Housing Officer (Anti-Social Behaviour).
Board of Directors
Forty board directors have resigned during the decade since incorporation. Twenty-two of those resignations (which include six terminations) occurred on the watch of John Denny, Chief Executive. The Trust now claims that it has ten Board Directors: four independent, three nominated by Cheshire West & Chester Council and three tenant directors; however, the company register shows only eight registered board directors (10 Dec 11). Denny has ignored repeated requests to explain these phenomena.
Jacqueline C Grannell, Independent, former school governor.
Due to fraud, harassment and neglect by the Trust to follow its own complaint procedures (on an issue that initially classified as a simple gas appliance servicing request), the Tenant has filed and/or initiated disciplinary and/or regulatory proceedings with the following authorities.
Cheshire West & Chester Council, Simon Goacher, Monitoring Officer.
Gas Safe Register, Paul Johnston, Chief Executive.
Health and Safety Executive, Carl Sands, Gas Officer.
National Grid Gas, Lisa Denman, Adviser, Customer Support, Escalated Complaints.
Tenant Services Authority, Simon Wadsworth, Advisor, Regulatory Enquiries.
The Chartered Institute of Building, James Hirst, Professional Conduct Manager.
Housing Ombudsman Service (HOS).
Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).