Housing group admits South Kilburn Estate failures

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 August 2014

South Kilburn

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A housing group behind more than 200 homes as part of a £600million South Kilburn regeneration project has admitted failings which resulted in disruption to local residents.

Catalyst Housing, which is building 122 social homes and 86 for private sale in partnership with developers Willmott Dixon, were accused of breaching rules on working hours and damaging infrastructure.

Last year, neighbours were twice left without internet connections after building workers cut broadband cables.

Both companies admitted the mistake, claiming internet issues were resolved within 48 hours, and have paid £500 to the residents’ association as a goodwill gesture.

In a joint statement, they also accepted culpability for the blockage of a drain and damage to Alpha Place, Brent – pledging to carry out repairs and realign the street as part of the work.

The companies have also provided a gateman for the site to ensure deliveries are made within allotted working hours.

Their statement said: “We are really sorry for any inconvenience that we cause to our neighbours.”

Pete Firmin, a committee member of the Alpha, Gorefield and Canterbury Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “Their actions have a real impact on those who live in the local area.

“We are angry, yet resigned, because nobody ever seems to do anything about it.”

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