Tenants compensated over cladding removal

Help on offer to cover increased energy costs after cladding and insulation is removed from three London blocks.

Lewisham

Tower block tenants are to get help covering energy costs after unsafe cladding was removed.

The offer was made in the London borough of Lewisham where work to remove the cladding from three blocks now been completed.

Ainsley Forbes, Chair of Lewisham Homes’ Board, confirmed “financial assistance” was available to tenants to help cover increased energy costs as a result of the insulation and cladding being removed.

Cladding on blocks buildings in New Cross failed government fire-safety tests over the summer.

Immediately following the release of the test results, Lewisham Homes introduced a 24-hour fire patrol service in the buildings.

Removal of the cladding began in October and has been completed on schedule.

Lewisham Homes is now continuing to work with its contractor, United Living, to carry out external repairs to the building ahead of the replacement of insulation and materials to enhance and protect the buildings’ external structure.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, visited the site to talk to residents and to meet the team overseeing the works.

Sir Steve said: “It is a huge relief that the fire risk is now substantially reduced. Lewisham Homes was quick to act, has kept residents well-informed of progress, and tried to keep inconvenience to a minimum.

“It has been a difficult time for residents but I know the removal of the cladding will now provide residents with the reassurance they have been looking for.”

Val Jarman, Vice-Chair of the Hatfield Tenant and Residents Association said: “I feel so much better now the cladding is off and knowing I can sleep safely in my bed.

“It’s been up for 17 years and taking it off has been a hassle but we’re grateful to Lewisham Homes for being on the ball and keeping us safe.”

Daren Moseley, Managing Director, Refurbishment (South) for United Living, who were brought in to remove the cladding, said: “We appreciate the great patience that has been shown to our team by Lewisham’s residents while this essential work has been completed.

“Safety is an absolute priority and this has understandably been a concerning time for those living in the affected buildings.

“Now the cladding has been removed, we will continue to work closely with Lewisham Homes to ensure the high standard of work on these properties continues.

“We understood resident concerns and were keen to alleviate these.”

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