Received a letter from the council who are the freeholders for my flat, the flat is in a block of 5, with the rest of the 4 being owned by the council. I am only the leaseholder for the flat. The letter sates a notice for proposal works to the door entry system, and they wish to provide a 'new door entry fob control system', and include the installation for a fire switch. The letter states the reason necessary to carry out works: improve security to block Allow access to the block in an emergency. They say they have received competitive prices for the works and appointed a contractor for it. I am asked to contribute 1/5th of the work, which is about £400. Actual figure is an estimate. My personal view, is that the the block is safe already, there is a key operated magnetic latch at the front door, and a trades button allows access for postman etc during certain times. Not sure what to do. There are some tenants on the the two flats who are always getting in trouble with the police, and a lady opposite has her door kicked in regularly by the tenant, she apparently collapses then they person brakes the door down, lost count of number of times, but is costing tax payers money every time they replace the door at something like £250 a time. Will ask around other blocks to see if they are doing this for all block, and not just mine. I once came back from an afternoon out last year, to find glass shattered all over the floor, and the tenant said he had done it and he had just been released from prison. I later rand the council the following week to let them know that the tenant had broken the glass on the large common window, they said that they had reported someone had broken in. So tenant was making up story. Getting back to the reason they give for having the work done, it seems there is a fire switch located above the main common doors, don't these allow the fire brigade to access in the event of fire? so not sure why they are saying they need to fin another? Mind is in two places as to just pay or argue. Don't see how a fob system is going to provide better security than key system? Did try to sell the flat last year, but people were put off from 2x broken door, boarded up. etc. had some viewings and only one offer which was well below asking price. Who's want to live next to this?