Tenants facing Earlham House eviction to come face-to-face with officials behind the decision

Officials behind a planned revamp of Earlham House are expected to come face-to-face with tenants today.

Forty people have been told their tenancies are due to be terminated, leaving them with two months from their next rent date to leave the Earlham Road complex, Norwich.

But Bellgold Properties Ltd, who own the freehold to the site, has sent tenants a letter inviting them to a private meeting today where they can ask questions about their eviction notices.

The meetings with the management are planned from 4pm to 7pm today and from 10am until 1pm tomorrow. .

One tenant, who did not wish to be named, said: 'I am sure the developers didn't think there would be such a stink about this as has proven to be.

'I don't know what will happen. We expected the rent would go up but there's been no choice about whether we want to stay or not.'

Green Party Nelson ward councillors organised a meeting last Sunday with tenants to learn about their concerns, which included extra time to move.

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Claire Stephenson, Green Party Nelson ward councillor, said: 'We have been in touch with the property company and they have, as a result of that, agreed to be more flexible in their approach and they have said they should be able to find alternative accommodation for tenants on a temporary or longer basis.

'We are trying to work with residents on an individual basis just to make sure no-one slips through the net as there are vulnerable people who live there.'

A further public meeting in support of residents has been planned for tonight. City council Labour leader Brenda Arthur is expected to address the gathering at Parkside School hall, in College Road, from 7pm.

Stuart Goodman, an activist with the Nelson Labour branch, said: 'There are limits to what City Hall can do, but we want to show our support for the people faced with the loss of their homes and to say loudly that in our community nobody will be left to face this kind of situation alone.'

Bellgold Properties Ltd was contacted yesterday but no-one was made available for comment.

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