Residents plan a tenants association at controversial Midhurst housing development

No parking spaces for affordable home tenants
No parking spaces for affordable home tenants

A RESIDENT living on the controversial former St Margaret’s Convent development at Midhurst is hoping to form a tenants’ association to discuss issues including the lack of parking, after claiming she feels like a ‘second class citizen’.

Makaela Papworth set up home in a rented affordable flat in the Viscount House block with her disabled partner Stuart Phillips in June.

She said when they moved in they discovered there was no parking allocation for the tenants in the affordable rented flats.

There was parking allocation only for the privately sold and rented homes.

“It was a blow. We just thought there would be parking space for us somewhere on the development.”

Instead they said they had been told to park in the Budgens supermarket car park, or at the Grange or North Street public car parks.”

She said this was not easy for her partner who suffered from spondylosis.

“I was a parish councillor for years and I know about planning,” she said. “I believe Affinity Sutton built affordable homes as a token gesture to get permission. They didn’t want it and I feel they are treating us as second class citizens.”

She is contacting other tenants to try and create a formal association to iron out parking and other issues with the developers.

A spokesman for Affinity Sutton said they would welcome the creation of as association.

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