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Fred Wigg and John Walsh towers in line for multi-million pound investment
People living in dilapidated 1960s high-rise blocks say planned improvements are long overdue.
Fred Wigg and John Walsh towers in Montague Road, Leytonstone, are set to undergo major refurbishment.
Waltham Forest Council say residents will be given the opportunity to shape the proposals, with many living in sub-standard conditions.
Fadime Colak, 39, has lived in John Walsh tower for 14 years and said there is widespread problems.
“Walls are breaking apart, and falling off everywhere,” he added.
“All the bathrooms leak. My son slipped on leaking water which had covered the stairs, hit his head and had to go to hospital.”
She said the water supply to her toilet was not fixed for a month.
“Everyone has the same problems,” she added.
Other residents told the Guardian the towers were difficult places to raise families, as anti-social behaviour and crime are commonplace.
One said the lift which services the tower is regularly broken and frequently urinated in.
Barni Muudde, 42, who has lived in John Walsh tower for six years, said: “The tower is sub-standard.
“Standing outside the buildings look OK, but when you get inside it’s not good.
“Improving these buildings will improve people’s lives because this is home for us and we want to be proud of our homes.”
A consultation began last week and the council says improved security is a priority.
The spokesman admitted unauthorised entry to the towers and resulting anti-social behaviour had been an issue.
The authority also acknowledged that the time had come to carry out the works in order to be able to provide homes fit for the 21st century.
The multi-million pound improvements will be “much more than a fresh coat of paint and some new doorknobs”, according to cabinet member for housing, Councillor Marie Pye.
The exact amount being invested in the tower blocks will depend on plans developed with residents, but money has been set aside by the council for the works.
The authority is currently looking for a developer to assist with the cost of development.
Some residents were burgled when residents were temporarily rehoused following a major fire in Fred Wigg tower in 2011.
The towers were also used as a base for surface-to-air missiles during the Olympics.
A family fun day was held outside the towers on Saturday where information about the works and involvement opportunities was available.
A final plan is expected to be completed by Spring 2014.
To get involved contact Keith Gresham at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8496 5401.
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