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Lynne Featherstone, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, accuses Haringey Borough Council of turning its back on Noel Park Estate
11:40am Monday 20th January 2014 in News
An MP has accused Haringey Borough Council of “turning its back” on people who live in a housing estate after it failed to carry out “vital” repairs.
Lynne Featherstone, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, said the authority has forced people in the Noel Park Estate, Wood Green, to live in sub-standard houses.
She said this has happened despite previous promises to carry out repairs on the estate - and despite the council’s Decent Homes programme, which ensures houses are of a good quality, receiving an extra £25million grant from the Government.
However, the authority claimed it only received the £25m after the Government had cut £50million from the programme the previous year.
Ms Featherstone said: “Many homes on the Noel Park estate are in urgent need of repair and modernisation, and residents have been promised just that for years.
“Noel Park should be a priority, but instead the Labour-run council is turning their backs on residents.
“It’s Haringey Council’s job to provide tenants with a decent standard of living – and the Government has given the council extra money to do so.”
The Hornsey and Wood Green MP and Councillor Richard Wilson, leader of Haringey Lib Dems, met the council to request the repairs on January 10.
At the meeting, council representatives committed to make urgent repairs to properties if necessary, and to consult with people living on the estate about the more extensive work.
The Lib Dem MP added: “The council have committed to make urgent repairs and consult residents – which is a step in the right direction but not good enough.
“The local Noel Park Lib Dem team and I will keep campaigning for full repairs for residents on the Noel Park estate.”
A council spokesman said a dedicated Noel Park Improvement Plan has been created.
He said: “We’re committed to investing nearly £45million of our own money to complete the Decent Homes programme and bring the vast majority of council homes up to a good standard, despite government cuts of £29million to the scheme.
“However, because of the conservation status and complex issues with the historic homes on the Noel Park Estate, they need complicated and expensive repairs which cannot be funded through the Decent Homes scheme alone.
“As we have always made clear, we will continue to carry out repairs as normal, and we’ve launched a dedicated Noel Park Improvement Plan to work closely with residents during the next few months on finding a better long-term solution that supports our determination for everyone to have a modern, high-quality home.”
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