Housing estate residents learn to be neighbour-friendly


29-April-2009

The Housing Finance Company (HFC) hosted a meeting on Saturday for tenants from Cascade and Pointe Larue about how they can be good neighbours and about their obligation to honour the conduct agreements they signed when they were given apartments on estates.

The meeting was the first in a series planned by the HFC to help people realise the importance of being neighbour-friendly and to appreciate and respect the setting in which they live.

     

Mr Bastienne addressing the meeting on Saturday

The meeting took place at the Cascade district administration office in the presence of National Assembly members Charles De Commarmond and Jennifer Vel, district administrator Frederick Barratt and HFC director Charles Bastienne.

Speaking in an interview afterwards, Mr Bastienne said the meeting was held to prepare people for the change of moving on to a housing estate.

He said local people have, for a long time, enjoyed the comfort of living in detached houses, but when they move into more heavily populated areas they may have to alter their behaviour.

Mr Bastienne said living on estates is still a new concept to many Seychellois, and the need to impress this concept on residents is now more relevant than ever, especially with the approaching opening of the Ile Perseverance development.

He acknowledged that some mistakes were made with regard to educating people when they began to experience life on housing estates, but he said this will help to prevent the same problems on other estates.

Among the more common problems experienced by people living on housing estates are social conflicts over drugs, violence in the home and between neighbours, as well as the issue of keeping dogs, cats and other domestic animals.

“Most of the time people don’t understand why they are not allowed to have domesticated animals on these estates, but we hope through this presentation they will get a clear idea why,” said Mr Bastienne.

Presentations at the meeting included one from the Department of Environmental Health explaining the dangers of having such animals in densely populated areas.

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