There has been an ongoing issue with problems in flats, with heating system problems, leaks and faulty lifts at Clyde House alongside a range of other issues. Because of how concerned I have been about the problems, over the past two weeks I have organised three meetings for residents with A2Dominion and we have now got a plan of work from them to improve Clyde House, both addressing the urgent issues on heating and leaks, and longer term works programme of improvements that will start on Monday and take the next four months.
The urgent work to fix the heating and leaks has now been completed, and I will continue to work with residents and on their behalf to make sure this work is carried out effectively and efficiently.
In addition I have spoken directly with the London Fire Brigade to discuss the inspection work that they have carried out. The London Fire Brigade have now had their Watch Manager, who leads on Fire Safety Regulations, visit and inspect Clyde House a number of times in the past three weeks to ensure fire safety regulations are met. Their final assessment of the fire safety situation at Clyde House is (in their words):
"We believe the steps taken ensured that any risk pertaining to the common parts, for which we have jurisdiction, had been reduced to an acceptable level. Any issues inside residents’ flats fall under the Housing Act 2004 and would be for the local authority to oversee and potentially enforce.
Our Fire Safety Inspecting Officer has provided the Responsible Person for Clyde House with the results of our audit of the fire safety provisions within the building. We will continue to provide advice and follow up actions as necessary to ensure the necessary remedial works are carried out. The London Fire Brigade takes the safety of residents very seriously and in the most serious cases of fire safety failings we have the power to take immediate actions such as restricting or prohibiting the use of a premises to ensure residents are not put at risk. This level of action was not required in this instance."
Councillor John Locker of Wandsworth Council has also ensured its Private Rented Sector team have worked with the London Fire Brigade and A2Dominion to see the urgent works tackled and a proper work plan developed and in place.
A2Dominion has now appointed a project manager to oversee the repairs, who has office space in the immediate area and is effectively based on site and I will continue to follow up residents' concerns as the work progresses.