In response to an Evening Standard article yesterday about our very own Chief Executive leading a London wide initiative in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy I sent the following to ES Views (don't suppose they'll print it):
Perhaps this is the new standard for all Corporation tenants: CoL flats
Whilst we can applaud the CoL for stepping in to sort out the RBK&C's urgent housing needs, it does beg the question as to why the CoL choses to move at such a glacial pace when refurbishing its own properties (a pace which is unacceptable). If the former YMCA can be refurbished within such a brisk timescale, there can be no reason why the woeful state of our own estate can't be similarly dealt with. I am pretty fed up with our estate having the characteristics of a dilapidated 70's sink estate, complete with crumbling concrete and peeling paint.
Are the CoL not ashamed of this state of affairs? In my block, no definite date for concrete repairs, for window replacement, for external painting. Just lots of service charges for 'supervision and management'.
David I agree with your points.
While the City of London should be applauded for the financial provision to allow the purchase of the social housing block to house some families affected by the tragedy in RBKC, what is clearly not acceptable is the failures by RBKC to provide for its own residents. RBKC have sufficient surpluses in their accounts which would have allowed for the purchase of many new blocks.
Just as the City has found funds to purchase a block in RBKC, the City should have allocated funding to retain, and refurbish the ex YMCA block on Fann Street for social housing, rather than selling a new lease to Redrow.