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Homes for Haringey agrees to carry out urgent repairs to Noel Park estate
Urgent repairs to homes in a council estate have been given the green light after more than 50 people attended a meeting to complain.
For months Haringey Borough Council’s housing management company, Homes for Haringey has been under fire for failing to fix houses in the Noel Park Estate, in Wood Green.
Dozens of residents attended a meeting, on Monday night, with representatives from the authority and Homes for Haringey to vent their anger.
Carol Cabey said: “Residents on the Noel Park estate need urgent repairs, but the council and Homes for Haringey have not taken action.
“It’s not fair for the council to spend so much money on other places, and waste money on botched repairs, when the Noel Park estate is in such desperate need.”
The meeting was organised by Lynne Featherstone, the MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, who accused the council of failing to deliver on its Decent Homes programme, which aims to improve the standard council housing.
Ms Featherstone, a Liberal Democrat, said: “I am glad that, finally, residents have had the chance to raise their concerns directly with the council and Homes for Haringey.
“Listening to the residents and hearing about the awful conditions they live in, it is obvious that the Labour-run Council have let them and the whole estate down badly.
“This is a scandal and no-one should have to live like this.”
A Homes for Haringey spokesman said: “In November, the council launched a dedicated Noel Park Improvement Project to find a long-term solution for high-quality homes on the estate, and our staff have already been conducting detailed surveys and holding one-to-one meetings with residents.
“Because of the conservation status and complex issues with the historic homes on the Noel Park Estate, they cannot be simply refurbished to the standard residents deserve as part of the Decent Homes programme.
“As we have always made clear, we will continue to carry out repairs as normal.”
She added that HfH is committed to working with the council to deliver more than £70million of improvements through the Decent Homes programme in the next two years.
This will bring an extra 2,800 council homes up to a good standard.