THIS IS FEEBLE STRUTT & PARKER
After six weeks, pressure from everyone who has signed our petition, and letters from Tom Pursglove MP, and Stamford Town Council, Strutt & Parker has finally responded to our request for an explanation:
“I can confirm that the Landowner took this difficult decision following reports from a number of local residents and gardeners who raised serious concerns about your conduct and behaviour towards them and others, which was affecting their quiet enjoyment of their property.”
Strutt & Parker has provided no further details of these vague, damaging, and frankly bizarre allegations, which are news to us. We have written back asking for proper information, supporting evidence, and the reason we were never told about these ‘serious concerns’ or given a warning.
We have reminded Strutt & Parker of incidents involving other tenants that included violence, physical threats and/or police involvement and asked:
- What on earth we can have done that involved worse ‘conduct and behaviour’.
- Why no-one else has ever been evicted.
- Why we have been given a full year’s notice when we supposedly represent such a threat to others.
My daughter and I are two 5’ tall women with unblemished personal and professional reputations. Neither of us has even had a speeding fine. The wonderfully supportive (and often outraged) comments from signatories who know us speak for themselves.
We have been shocked to hear similar stories from up and down the country: allotment tenants (often female) evicted without explanation, eventually told it was because of their ‘disruptive’ behaviour, then bullied and intimidated until they were too scared to remain. In almost all these cases the plot that had been lovingly transformed was handed over to a friend of someone with influence or sold off for housing development.
This is feeble, Strutt & Parker. Your parent company’s published values include fairness, transparency, openness, and promptness. So do the right thing and provide full details of these supposed allegations, explain why they warrant eviction, and grant us an appeal. It can’t be that difficult.