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Fire Safety Broadwater Farm

Today, 11th December 2017, Homes for Haringey has put safety measures in place on the Broadwater Farm estate following test result findings that several of the low-rise blocks on the Estate do not meet the required building regulations for large panel system blocks with gas supplies.

We are contacting all affected residents to explain safety measures that we are taking following the review into the blocks. In total, around 1,400 people in 725 properties are affected.

Following national advice given by the Department for Communities and Local Government earlier this Summer, we began investigations into the construction of the estate, which was built in the 1960s and early 1970s. Reviews from structural engineers now suggest that some of the blocks do not meet the required standards to use gas, and although the risk is very low, we are taking a number of precautionary steps to enable residents to stay in their homes.

The blocks we believe to be affected – which house both council tenants and some leaseholders – are Croydon, Hawkinge, Hornchurch, Lympne, Manston, Martlesham, Rochford, Debden and Stapleford.

The two tower blocks on the estate, Northolt and Kenley, do not have gas supplies and Tangmere is of a completely different construction to the low rise blocks. As a precaution, structural surveyors are also reviewing these blocks and we will have the results soon.

In the nine affected blocks, there are 360 council properties with gas cookers and 115 leaseholder flats which may use them too. From Wednesday (Dec 13), Homes for Haringey will be replacing all gas cookers in council properties with electric cookers. The same support will be offered to Leaseholders. The team will be working as quickly as possible, depending on staff gaining access to properties. As a precaution, they will also be fitting disrupter valves to switch off the gas if a leak is detected and increasing the frequency of gas safety visits. A gas safety check will be carried out for free in each leased home. There are also plans to replace the gas system temporarily until permanent measures can be put in place.

From today, over 50 Homes for Haringey staff will be on the Broadwater Farm estate visiting all potentially affected properties to speak to residents. We will also have a dedicated phone-line and drop-in sessions where residents can talk to staff at the Broadwater Farm Community Centre taking place all week.

In terms of permanent measures, Homes for Haringey are currently undertaking an option appraisal and options will include:

  • The upgrade of each block to allow for all cooking, hot water and heating services to be electric
  • The installation of a new district heating system on the estate, upgrading the existing plant and services which are already onsite and which already service the two tower blocks on the estate
  • The retrospective strengthening of the blocks to allow for the continued use of gas within the estate

 

Once the option appraisal has been concluded, we and Haringey Council will engage with residents before a decision is made.

Affected residents can visit the Broadwater Farm Community Centre drop-in sessions or call the dedicated Homes for Haringey line: 020 8489 7020. We are also in the process of setting up a Freephone number 0800 953 0221

 

Drop-in session and dedicated phone-line opening hours

Date

Opening Time

Closing Time

Monday 11th December 2017

11am

9pm

Tuesday 12th December 2017

8am

7pm

Wednesday 13th December 2017

8am

8pm

Thursday 14th December 2017

8am

6pm

Friday 15th December 2017

8am

6pm

Saturday 16th December 2017

10am

1pm

 

 

See full statements from Haringey Council here and Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning here

 

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Page Last Updated:

9 February 2018