There was as expected, a flurry of very differing responses from the group at this estate . Some were prepared to let it drop, others wanted an apology, still others demanded that a police report be done and also going to the media.
I was just exchanging SMSes with a feeder from there (who rarely picks up the phone). Apparently, she was unhappy with the meeting on Friday and was pushing for further action to be taken.
I had emailed the group on Friday and told them what had happened to apprise them of what was happening. Some people did not have email (or rarely bother to check it) and many people there who know Rebecca called her to find out what happened.
Then I was told a feeder had been sending an SMS accusing CWS of telling people not to file a police report. It's not in our position to tell people what to do, or not to do. After all it's not our estate. It's up to the residents.
It turned out what happened was that Rebecca had sent an SMS out, which this irate feeder just forwarded to me, in which Rebecca appealed for them to be calm, and made her suggestion. Rebecca then ended off the SMS by saying that I had suggested that they decide as a group what they want to do and vote on the matter democratically. This was the SMS the feeder took umbrage with.
I SMSed her to ask her if it was true that she was sending out SMSes and to check her facts if that was the case. She sent me back the SMS as an example of how CWS was telling people not to file the report, as she knows Rebecca works part time for CWS.
Now she's replying that I told the witness not to file the report (untrue - the witness told me quite clearly when I spoke with her she didn't want to file and I haven't spoken with her since). She also said that she heard that I had asked the residents to wait a day or two till after meeting with the TC (true - and the several residents who I did speak with were agreeable).
I told her that if she's not happy with the way CWS is dealing with this, that we'll be happy to bow out if the group feels the same way. After all, it's their estate and we'll only trying to facilliate. If they would rather deal directly with their own TC, we're more than happy for them to do so. It's always been our stand that we prefer residents and town councils to work together directly and that we're there just to facilitate.