Stop RBKC wasting £2​.​6m - save social housing’s heritage, make estates safe!

Stop RBKC wasting £2​.​6m - save social housing’s heritage, make estates safe!

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Residentsforrefurb 4 SPID started this petition to Dan Hawthorn (Executive Director of Housing and Social Investment at RBKC)

The council responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire have thrown £2.6m works for nearby Kensal House Estate Community Rooms into jeopardy. The rotting Grade II* listed building can not be made safe or accessible until RBKC fix the leaks from flats above. Delays on the part of the council have increased the costs of the much needed refurbishment. Unless the council meets this deficit and does their job, the public funding will be lost.

A History of Neglect highlights the council’s negligence, showing how residents above suffer frequent floods from sewage water. The film turns the spotlight on blocked stack pipes, poor pressure, an infestation of rats, and ancient pipework. Rehousing residents, replacing the roof’s deteriorated waterproofing, surveying and fixing the 60 year old pipes is the council’s statutory duty. The Lottery and Mayor’s Fund have written to RBKC calling on them to act now to save the investment.  

SPID have fought for sixteen years to restore the dilapidated Community Rooms, appointing a Kensal resident as chair and several as trustees and members of the refurbishment board. The Story of Fires and Floods features local voices dramatising this experience.  During Lockdown, residents came together in spirit to save the shared space. The plans offer hope at a time when youth provision, inclusive access facilities and community work is threatened by the recession. 

Kensal House Community Rooms Refurbishment will provide access for all, disabled or otherwise.  A new lift and sloping corridor will save wheelchair users from having to go through the car park or round the back of the estate. New cameras, gates and fencing will maximise security for the estate. A new bin store entrance further from flats will improve hygiene and privacy. There will be no extension into the residents’ garden, whose greenery will be increased to become larger. Ancient electrics will be replaced and heritage features reinstated. Backstage will be equipped for new activities, including free drama, heritage, sports, filmmaking, homework clubs, paid work placements, new jobs, and free business mentoring.

Refurbishment board member Sylvia Akajioyi says: “We remember Grenfell, it was not far from my home in Kensal, and it could happen again if my husband and I are not rehoused. This negligence will kill a lot of people. That is why we are coming out and telling the council to do something now - before it is too late."

Youth Ambassador Naomi Israel says: "I’m glad that SPID’s leaks have not been live since RBKC installed ceiling panels and replaced some flats’ bathrooms. But ignoring ongoing sewage water floods above and estate wide seriously breaches landlord’s duty to prevent future leaks. RBKC is risking £2.6m of investment in social housing’s heritage and safety."

Chair Ivor Flint says: "As a resident of Kensal House, I believe stopping flat 50's floods and bringing forward the capital works budget to prevent leaks from the roof is really, really important. It’s been 16 years. Come on RBKC, it’s time to do the right thing for Kensal House."

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