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Kristine Gravelsina attacks landlords Circle 33 for failing to look after New River Village in Hornsey
A woman who lives on a social housing estate in Hornsey accused her landlord of forcing tenants to “put up with leaks, damp walls and sometimes floods”.
Kristine Gravelsina, of the Colorado apartments, in Great Amwell Lane, has attacked social housing landlords Circle 33 for failing to look after the New River Village.
She said residents have tried to get help but no repairs have been made.
Ms Gravelsina said: “Residents in Colorado apartments have to put up with leaks, damp walls and sometimes floods.
“The shared areas like the corridors and bin stores are in a terrible state.
“We have been trying to get Circle 33 to help us, but they are slow and no proper repairs have been made.”
She has since contacted the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, Lynne Featherstone, to show her the damp walls, graffiti, overflowing bins and litter and mess in the corridors.
Lynne Featherstone MP and Hornsey campaigner Dawn Barnes visit the Colorado Apartments at New River Village
The Liberal Democrat MP and campaigners from her party have started a petition demanding better living conditions for people living in New River Village.
Ms Featherstone has also demanded a meeting with managers of the social housing estate and said: “What I saw on my visit to her apartment block was simply unacceptable.”
She added: “With the backing of residents, I will be asking that they make the necessary repairs as soon as possible, and for a commitment to provide a better service in the future.”
Neil Brown, the managing director of Circle 33 said the housing trust was committed to providing good quality housing.
It claims that while most homes in the estate are well presented the company is concerned about the issues affecting some residents and is trying to resolve these quickly.
Mr Brown said: “Damp rising from the basement is now affecting the homes on the ground floor and we are seeking independent advice about how best to rectify the defect.
“Alongside this, we are also addressing the other issues raised by our residents to ensure that they have a clean, dry and welcoming place to live.
“We will continue to liaise with residents and the local MP to address their concerns.”