Greenlight social housing investment! Back £2.4m community funding for rundown estate
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Kensington and Chelsea council have denied landlord’s consent for £2.4m plans to save the neglected heritage of Kensal House estate community rooms. After fifteen years' championing social housing, SPID Theatre raised the unprecedented backing from funders like the Mayor and the Lottery - with no contribution from the council. They pledged their own reserves towards improvements for the whole of the estate. They working with local Residents for Refurb to reverse the decision, whose film makes the urgent case.
The Grade II* listed Kensal House estate suffers chronic damp, mould and leaks which force its residents into temporary accommodation, as R4R's doc reveals. Like nearby Grenfell, having the Tenants Management Organisation as their former landlord has taken its toll. SPID asked the council to do their statutory duty by bringing the estate up to standard at the same time as their plans- which have planning permission, listed building consent and approval from Historic England. Instead, RBKC has vetoed the much needed refurbishment.
The investment would save the community rooms by fixing the leaks and ancient electrics, installing proper fire exits and providing disabled access. Kensal House residents would receive £1000 per flat to spend on improving their neglected homes or on a communal benefit. An additional space would be provided for when the hall is booked, altering the garden’s layout without reducing green space. Locals would gain paid work placements, new jobs, and free business mentoring. Young people would have access to free drama, heritage , sports, filmmaking and homework clubs.
SPID's youth advocacy fights to save estate community spaces through out North Kensington. Restoring, expanding and improving Kensal House community rooms is an unmissable, once in a lifetime opportunity to give this crumbling building and local young people a future. If RBKC listened to residents, they would fix the leaks on the whole estate, consult with the thousands of locals who use the space, and greenlight this inspiring refurbishment before it's too late. This campaign was set up by Residents for Refurb as part of SPID's Estate Voices program: the link to share is https://tinyurl.com/resforrefurb , the contact is email@example.com. Please join us in signing this petition to show you support these vital refurbishment plans http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/LB/19/04705 .
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