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In response to your article on the creation of a Housing Market Renewal (HMR) scrutiny panel by Liverpool City Council (LCC) ( ajplus 22.06.07), you appear to have been somewhat misinformed. The piece was an unbalanced representation of what is actually taking place.

The scrutiny panel, which is nothing out of the ordinary, was established by the council's Neighbourhoods and Housing Select Committee to reect the high priority and commitment given to HMR. As I am sure you are aware, scrutiny panels are used in all areas of council business to inform, support and improve both service delivery and accountability. We look forward to working with the scrutiny panel and Liverpool City Council to achieve this. Against this background, the article contributed to the ongoing misrepresentation of a vital regeneration programme in the media.

Your source on Merseyside may wish to place a negative spin on the creation of this scrutiny panel and, while I am more than happy to hear alternative points of view in the press, I do believe that we have a right to balance and fairness in the treatment of HMR.

Finally, should you wish to visit NewHeartlands and see for yourself the transformation that is taking place, then please feel free to contact me and I will make the necessary arrangements.

Pauline Davis, managing director, NewHeartlands

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