Residents of Queen Mary's Avenue in South Woodford call for action to tackle structural problems and mould

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Iain Duncan Smith, Church End Conservative Action Group, and residents of Queen Mary's Avenue question Circle 3 Iain Duncan Smith, Church End Conservative Action Group, and residents of Queen Mary's Avenue question Circle 3

People living in a landmark development have called for action to address widespread structural problems and mould, amid claims the flats have become an unsafe place to live.

Residents are angry about the condition of flats in Queen Mary Avenue, South Woodford, which are five years old and were built by developer Telford Homes.

They have been joined by MP Iain Duncan Smith in criticising Circle 33, claiming the housing association is not maintaining the estate and putting residents at risk.

At a meeting at St Mary's Church in High Road,  Dika Ndlomingo, 29, of Coral Court, said part of her ceiling has collapsed twice and is worried for her son's safety.

She said: “There are real health and safety issues and it is just not a safe place to live.
"My ceiling has fallen down twice. I am worried for my son who is disabled and debris is all over my living room.

“This should not be left as it is a health and safety issue, and no one responds when we have tried to contact the housing association.”

Azfar Muzaffar, 33, of Blackberry Court, said there is mould in his block and claims repeated attempts to contact Circle 33 have been ignored.

He said: “There is no communication. I have given up now. I do not know where to go, no one seems to be interested in our issues. No one has responded to my emails."

Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith said: “There is not a particularly good record of response from Circle 33 and somebody needs to be logging the concerns of the residents.

“It is ridiculous that people cannot get through, I do not understand why it takes so long to get a response."

“It is Circle 33’s duty to repair the building and maintenance issues need to be dealt with as soon as possible."

A spokeswoman for Circle 33 housing association said: “We understand there is are real issues with the buildings. They are less than five years old so we should not be experiencing this.

"We will conduct a thorough investigation of the site, but this will not be fixed overnight and could take up to a year.

“We admit that our service has not been good enough but we will make sure communication is improved."

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8:24am Tue 1 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

Right from the start this place has resembled a prison. Sounds as though it is now a dump. A blot on the landscape - looks far worse than the few previous tower blocks.
Right from the start this place has resembled a prison. Sounds as though it is now a dump. A blot on the landscape - looks far worse than the few previous tower blocks. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 5

9:09am Tue 1 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

What an eyesore this place is and has in the past been mentioned over shoddy work. They were being sold for a small fortune.
What an eyesore this place is and has in the past been mentioned over shoddy work. They were being sold for a small fortune. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

9:18am Tue 1 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

Caveat emptor.
Caveat emptor. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 1

10:34am Tue 1 Apr 14

HassanShah1 says...

@Villagecranberry stop preaching bigotry hate! As a matter of fact the landmark development was hand constructed by orphans from Barnado's Orphanage in Snaresbrook, if you hate the landmark development then you hate orphans! Bigot!!

Yours sincerely,
Hassan Shah (your arch-nemisis)
@Villagecranberry stop preaching bigotry hate! As a matter of fact the landmark development was hand constructed by orphans from Barnado's Orphanage in Snaresbrook, if you hate the landmark development then you hate orphans! Bigot!! Yours sincerely, Hassan Shah (your arch-nemisis) HassanShah1
  • Score: -8

12:39pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Concerned_Citizen says...

I can't say I'm particularly surprised about this.
I went to visit a couple of these when they were initially being sold.

It felt like a Youth Detention Centre.

It will end up like Broadmead Estate within 5 years.

Shame.
I can't say I'm particularly surprised about this. I went to visit a couple of these when they were initially being sold. It felt like a Youth Detention Centre. It will end up like Broadmead Estate within 5 years. Shame. Concerned_Citizen
  • Score: 4

2:44pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Reality in WF says...

I have always thought this developement was lacking any architectural merit, however, I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't realise it was in the hands of Circle 33. No wonder I never see any for sale.....
I have always thought this developement was lacking any architectural merit, however, I'm embarrassed to admit that I didn't realise it was in the hands of Circle 33. No wonder I never see any for sale..... Reality in WF
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Tue 1 Apr 14

ruby newbie says...

so many opportunities have been missed when it comes to south woodford,such a beautiful area with such great potential that most people love,but yet again this borough puts money and targets before anything else.quality being the thing that has been missed all round,shame on them
so many opportunities have been missed when it comes to south woodford,such a beautiful area with such great potential that most people love,but yet again this borough puts money and targets before anything else.quality being the thing that has been missed all round,shame on them ruby newbie
  • Score: 4

7:20pm Tue 1 Apr 14

MorrisHickey says...

ruby newbie wrote:
so many opportunities have been missed when it comes to south woodford,such a beautiful area with such great potential that most people love,but yet again this borough puts money and targets before anything else.quality being the thing that has been missed all round,shame on them
Chance to kick 'em out on 22 May.
[quote][p][bold]ruby newbie[/bold] wrote: so many opportunities have been missed when it comes to south woodford,such a beautiful area with such great potential that most people love,but yet again this borough puts money and targets before anything else.quality being the thing that has been missed all round,shame on them[/p][/quote]Chance to kick 'em out on 22 May. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 1

7:33pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Reality in WF says...

ruby newbie wrote:
so many opportunities have been missed when it comes to south woodford,such a beautiful area with such great potential that most people love,but yet again this borough puts money and targets before anything else.quality being the thing that has been missed all round,shame on them
And all South Woodford got out of this developement were those steel trees on the bridge over the North Circular.....
[quote][p][bold]ruby newbie[/bold] wrote: so many opportunities have been missed when it comes to south woodford,such a beautiful area with such great potential that most people love,but yet again this borough puts money and targets before anything else.quality being the thing that has been missed all round,shame on them[/p][/quote]And all South Woodford got out of this developement were those steel trees on the bridge over the North Circular..... Reality in WF
  • Score: 1

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