Earlier this month over 100 residents of the Kingsmead Estate in King’s Park Ward in Hackney came together to demand that Sanctuary Housing tackle long term problems of damp, blocked drains, unfinished repairs and a lack of investment on their estate.
Together with their local councillors, Tom Rahilly, Rebecca Rennison and Sharon Patrick, they met with Simon Clark, the Managing Director of Sanctuary Housing, and his team to outline their concerns.
Having heard residents’ concerns, Sanctuary Housing have now committed to working with residents to improve life on the estate. Sanctuary committed to putting in place a team of staff dedicated to improving Kingsmead Estate and to reporting on improvements in three months. They also promised to increase cleaning and maintenance, tackle anti-social behaviour and introduce regular communication with residents.
The meeting followed on from an earlier campaigning by residents, the local councillors and Meg Hillier MP.
Following December’s meeting Cllr Rahilly, said:
“It’s great to see so many residents with such passion for improving their estate. Kingsmead residents deserve a better deal from Sanctuary Housing, who I think had their eyes opened to life on the estate. It was good to see residents listened to and I know residents will work together to hold Sanctuary to their promises.”
Local resident Patti Bee said:
“This has pulled our community together. We’ve heard horrific stories of people living with damp that affects their children’s health, of repairs that are left unfinished for years and anti-social behaviour ignored. This is the worst it’s been for years and has to be put right. We’re looking forward to working with Sanctuary to change this situation.”
Residents have set up a group to work with Sanctuary and oversee improvements on the estate.
Meg Hillier, Labour MP for Hackney South & Shoreditch, said:
“This shows the difference that the Labour Party working in partnership with local residents can make. Housing is one of the issues that affects people in Hackney the most. Sanctuary Housing owe it to the residents of the Kingsmead Estate to address the problems that have been raised. I look forward to seeing them deliver their promises.”