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Percy
Oh yes Luxury houses they will be in Dovers corner The A13 raised on stilts at one end .The old A13 now the A1306 at the other end with 200 muck lorries a day dumping over the Ingrebourne.A Commuter line plus the High speed Euro track through the middle and to top it all a sewage farm for a neighbour Luxury indeed all resources in easy reach.Plus the old river that floods regularly turning the roundabout into a lake.
Revolutions are always verbose.
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bellend
yes you pay a premium for water front properties.
If we learn from our mistakes, why aint I a genius, If you educate the masses where's the advantage for the few?

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confused of hornchurch

I might just jump the queue and buy off plan to make sure I get one.
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The saga continues....

Residents call for council control of Old Ford housing association after ‘avalanche’ of problems at Orchard Village, Rainham

13:15 19 April 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Just under 100 people attended a meeting at the Mardyke community centre last night to present a petition asking for Old Ford housing association to be brought back under local authority control

Residents have called for a housing association to be brought back under council and community control after “an avalanche” of problems remain to be fixed.

The petition will be handed over to councillors on Saturday.

Nearly 100 residents from Orchard Village estate, Rainham, attended a meeting with their ward councillors last night to raise their concerns over a host of on-going complaints against Circle Housing Association.

This comes as Circle, one of the largest housing providers in the UK, is negotiating to merge with Affinity Sutton, to create one giant housing association.

The housing association also secured a deal earlier this month to build 500 new homes within the Rainham and Beam Park development, which will see the construction of 3,500 homes.

Residents at Orchard Village have been complaining about rats, damp, leaking windows, wooden balconies and lack of insulation in their homes.

A petition is circulating among residents demanding for Old Ford housing association, the subsidiary association managing the site, to be brought back under the control of Havering Council.

The petition states the service “will get worse not better if centralised” and Old Ford should be a “community-based” housing provider.

Cllr Graham Williamson told the Recorder, there was “an avalanche” of problems raised at the meeting and the option to bring back Old Ford Housing under the council’s control should be considered.

Director at Circle Housing Mike Ward said he was aware of some outstanding issues at Orchard Village and was working with building contractor Wilmot Dixon to resolve them as quickly as possible.

“I visited residents at Orchard Village personally yesterday and the vast majority are very satisfied with their new homes and the regeneration,” he added.

The petition will be handed over to councillors on Saturday with statements of complaints from residents ahead of a meeting between councillors, the chief executive of Circle Housing and the council’s housing director on Monday.

More to follow. Read the full story in this week’s Recorder.
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Call for building inspection at ‘nightmare’ Orchard Village estate, Rainham

09:00 22 April 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Residents at Orchard Village have signed a petition to bring back Old Ford Housing under Havering Council control

Complaints over “substandard” levels of work at a three-year-old estate have led to calls for checks by an independent inspector.

Residents at Orchard Village, Rainham, organised a meeting with their councillors on Monday to highlight a host of complaints, which they say have not been addressed by Circle Housing Association.

This comes as Circle, one of the largest housing providers in the UK, is negotiating to merge with Affinity Sutton, to create one giant housing association.

Circle, which was downgraded by the housing regulator last year, also secured a deal earlier this month to build 500 homes within the Rainham and Beam Park development, which will see the construction of 3,500 new homes.

The Recorder has reported on many issues at Orchard Village including vermin, leaks, damp, and falling metal poles following a £108 million project to revamp the infamous Mardyke estate.

David Davenport, 23, who moved with his wife and four children in Barley Court in August, woke up to a mice in his bed. He said having killed seven in his flat in two days.

“It’s a nightmare. We don’t want to live here,” he said.

Residents have signed a petition demanding for Old Ford Circle Housing, the subsidiary association managing the site, to be brought back under Havering Council control.

The petition states the service “will get worse not better if centralised” and Old Ford Housing Association should be a “community-based” housing provider.

Cllr Graham Williamson told the Recorder “an avalanche” of problems was raised at the meeting.

“It looks as if the building has been built of sub standards level,” he said and questioned “if Circle Housing is an appropriate partner for the London Borough of Havering”.

“It’s just total incompetence,” he said, adding he would call for an independent inspector to check the quality of the build.

Director at Circle Housing Mike Ward said he was aware of some outstanding issues at Orchard Village and was working with building contractor Wilmot Dixon to resolve them as quickly as possible.

“I visited residents at Orchard Village personally on Monday and the vast majority are very satisfied with their new homes and the regeneration,” he added.

A Circle spokeswoman added a specialist vermin team visited the affected homes and “their initial view is that the issue is related to field mice due to the homes being close to Beam Valley Country Park and the Beam River”.

Work to solve the issue is on-going.

Resident Colin Nickless, 40, Broadis Way, said: “The housing association’s relationship with the residents is completely broken.

“There will be more accountability if Old Ford is back under local authority control.”

Orchard Village was transferred to Circle back in 2008 following a resident ballot involving three housing associations.

But property services manager at Havering Council Kevin Hazlewood said it was not legally possible to reverse this process and responsibility will continue to lie with Circle.

The petition will still be presented to councillors on Saturday ahead of a meeting with the chief executive of Circle and the council’s housing director on Monday.
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dalek1
Ah lets bring it back under the control of our wonderful council!
Has anyone seen the annex building next to the town hall?
The weeds growing off the balconies must be at least 6 ft high.
And they'll sort out the problems on the Orchard estate?
Yeah right!
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confused of hornchurch

Exactly right Dalek, they off-loaded the problem Mardyke estate, there's no way they would take it back even if they could afford to. It may have been re-named 'Orchard Village' and I agree the new name conjures up an image of idyllic country living but the reality is anything but.

Manure sounds better than horse s---, but it's the same product, just another name.

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bellend
This post was updated on .
put a stop to the reason with have to build the slums, then clear the slums and put our people in descent housing, after all we are the 5th riches country in the world, aren't we? descent people in government would not allow their people to live in slums. they need incentive let's club together and fill a big brown envelope and get some action.  
If we learn from our mistakes, why aint I a genius, If you educate the masses where's the advantage for the few?

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dalek1
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Yes Barking and Dagenham are going to rename the Gascoigne Estate Pall Mall Village or Mayfair Dwellings.
You can change the name put a lick of paint to hide the decay but it still doesn't get to the route of the problem ie the place is rat infested run down shit hole and why? Go back to the 1970,s and Thatchers RTB. The money was sunk into the coffers of LA's and no re-investment on existing or new build affordable property.Result! Shit hole estates all over the country and useless housing associations such as the one running the Mardyke. No build decent affordable LA owned and run housing.
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Percy
I believe they are to rename the Gascoigne Estate Weavers after the Jute Industry that was briefly in Barking before moving up to Dundee in the 1900s.The fact that the Gascoigne estate should have been Gascoyne after the family that lived there not after some Toffs that never had any dealings with barking is completely forgotten.
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Ultimatum for Circle Housing to fix host of problems at Orchard Village, Rainham


Residents at Orchard Village have signed a petition to bring back Old Ford Housing under Havering Council control
A housing association has been given a deadline of three months to conduct a host of repairs following serious complaints from residents for over a year.


Circle Housing has been granted until the end of July to fix ongoing complaints about vermin, leaks, damp, insulation and health and safety checks at Orchard Village, Rainham.

The ultimatum was issued at a meeting between south Hornchurch councillors, Circle executives and Havering Council’s housing director on Monday.

Councillors called the meeting with Circle, which was downgraded by the housing regulator last year, over concerns about Orchard Village being built of “sub-standards” and the housing association’s ability to create 500 new homes within the Rainham and Beam Park development.

Cllr Phil Martin, who attended the meeting, said: “The whole thing was fully discussed. They acknowledged there was a major problem.”

The question of an independent inspection was raised but will not be called until the end of the three month period as Circle gave its reassurances the work will be carried out by the summer.

But councillors warned if no progress was made by then, “further action” will be taken against Circle.

Cllr Graham Williamson added: “There will have to be a full check-up of the estate because there are lots of structural problems.”

Executive director for customer at Circle Alison Hadden said: “As with any new development, there are often minor issues that need resolving after construction.

“However, at Orchard Village a small number of residents have experienced some more serious issues. We are working with residents to put it right and repair work began Monday on some of these homes.

“We updated local councillors on our plan for this work and other associated work on the estate, and assured them that this will be resolved within three months.”

According to Circle standards, a booklet published by the company and circulated to residents, the repair service operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

It goes on to say emergency repairs, including “a water leak that cannot be contained” and “major structural damage” will be attended by a contractor within 24 hours; urgent repairs, which include “minor leaks” and “faulty electrical fittings”, will be dealt within seven days and routine repairs within 28 days.

Meanwhile, residents have received a letter from Circle informing them that surveyors will visit the site between May and June.

But they are still organising to take back control over the management of their estate.

This comes as Circle, one of the largest housing providers in the UK, is negotiating to merge with Affinity Sutton, to create one giant housing association.

The latest from Orchard Village
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confused of hornchurch

There are rumours that if they can't fix the problems, they will change their name from Circle Housing to Circus Housing.
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confused of hornchurch

The next performance.

Safety fears grow at Rainham estate after roof detached from building.

10:24 19 May 2016

Chloe Farand  

Residents at Orchard Village have signed a petition to bring back Old Ford Housing under Havering Council control

Residents at an estate have said they are growing increasingly worried about the quality of their homes after part of roof detached from the building.

A part of the rood at Orchard Village detached from the building last week. Circle Housing, which manages the site and is conducting repairs, said the work will be completed by the end of the month. A part of the roof at Orchard Village detached from the building last week. Circle Housing, which manages the site and is conducting repairs, said the work will be completed by the end of the month.

The incident last week sparked bad memories for tenants and homeowners at Orchard Village, Rainham, who remembered when a 10ft metal pole fell from the top of the building last year, inches away from a family of three.

Colin Nickless, 40, of Broadis Way, said he had “repeatedly” warned housing association Circle Housing and building contractors Willmott Dixon about the state of the building’s roof.

Circle Housing attended the site to fix the roof and replacement panels have been ordered with the work scheduled to be completed by next Friday.

Head of housing services Karen Ayling said: “We are taking this incident extremely seriously and our residents’ safety is our absolute priority.”

South Hornchurch councillors and Havering Council’s housing director met with Circle Housing in April to discuss the estate.

The housing association was given three months to carry out a host of repairs, something it assured officials it would do.


Looking on the bright side, it should be easy to demolish the estate when the time comes.
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Proposal to knock down Rainham tower blocks announced

12:00 28 May 2016

Hayley Anderson  (Romford Recorder)

The “forgotten flats of the Mardyke Estate” could soon be demolished and replaced with modern, affordable housing.

Hundreds of residents in Napier House and New Plymouth, Dunedin Road, Rainham, signed a petition earlier this year pleading with Havering Council to either renovate or demolish the buildings.

Neil Stubbings, head of homes and housing, has now confirmed that the local authority is keen to tear them down.

He said: “We don’t want Havering estates sticking out as Havering council estates, we want them to be modern estates.

“This does reaffirm the council’s commitment to this part of the borough by doing something more ambitious than we have done before.

“It will be affordable housing for local people, because that’s the important thing.”

In 2008, work on the multi-million pound Orchard Village began on the site of the former Mardyke Estate with four of the six tower blocks knocked down. Eight years later the remaining two blocks are still standing.

At the beginning of the project, plans were drawn up for Napier House and New Plymouth to be demolished this year. But residents remain.

Occupants told the Recorder last month that pensioners wear hats and scarves to sleep in the single-glazed flats because they are so cold, and mothers are forced to drag prams up flights of stairs because of concerns about faulty lifts.

A consultation period will be launched next month to allow residents to have their say about the proposal.

“We are looking at doing something very ambitious and refurbishing the buildings was not the right thing to do,” Mr Stubbings said.

“We want to knock the estate down, build more units there and consult with residents on its design.

“What we want is for residents to be involved so they have some ownership of what the estates might look like.”
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Rubbish tip comes to Orchard Village.

Heaps of rubbish at Rainham’s Orchard Village as travellers on site for fifth week

13:03 14 June 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Pictures from Orchard Village reveal heaps of rubbish have been dumped on the site, where a group of travellers with caravans settled more than four weeks ago.

A view on the Roman House site, Orchard Village, Rainham, where heaps of rubbish has been dumped since travellers settled there more than three weeks ago.

The Roman House site in the Orchard Village estate, in Rainham, has turned into a great pile of rubbish.

Travellers with caravans moved onto the site on May 19 after forcing the gate to the site open.

Residents have complained of being threatened by some of the people now living on the site.

Karen Ayling, head of housing for Circle Housing, said: “We expect High Court Enforcement officers to evict the group of travellers from the land on the Orchard Village site as quickly as they can.

“Last Friday, Romford County Court and the District Judge granted Circle Housing possession of the land and allowed us to pass the matter on to the High Court for enforcement action.

“Once the group are evicted from the site, we will arrange for the rubbish to be removed and this will be paid for by Circle Housing.”
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bellend
then paid for by the tenants next year.
If we learn from our mistakes, why aint I a genius, If you educate the masses where's the advantage for the few?

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confused of hornchurch

It's a corporate 'investment'.
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confused of hornchurch

Not again!

Couple lives in hotel after floor in Rainham’s Orchard Village flat collapsed

08:00 17 June 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Paul Davies and Ellen Durgahed have been living in a Romford hotel for more than two weeks after the floor in their Rainham flat collapsed

A couple have been moved into a hotel after the flooring in their three-year-old flat collapsed.

Paul Davies, 65, and Ellen Durgahed, 58, have been staying at the Harefield Manor Hotel, in Romford, for the past two weeks after being moved from their flat in Sunflower Court, Orchard Village, Rainham.

The floor of their FOURTH-FLOOR flat sank a couple of inches.

The incident comes after the Recorder reported a host of issues at Orchard Village including falling metal poles, lack of insulation, damp, vermin and part of a roof detaching.

Mr Davies said: “We could feel the floor wobbling under our feet. Workers came and told us they had never seen anything like it and the floor was not fitted properly.”

The couple, who are the first tenants to live in the flat, claim to have repeatedly called workers to investigate the floor making “cracking” noises.

“The floor was just not safe,” added Ms Durgahed. “Old Ford has just not built the building properly.”

Circle Housing announced earlier this year it will build 500 new homes in Rainham’s housing zone.

Cabinet member for housing Cllr Damian White sympathised with the residents and admitted that “sub-standard work” had been carried out on the estate.

But he refuted any claims of mismanagement from Circle and said the partnership between the housing association and the council would continue.

“Of the hundreds of thousands of homes they have built, the vast majority of them must be decent quality properties,” he said.

Ms Durgahed said she felt “stressed” living in the flat where she thought the floor could collapse any time.

A leak in the kitchen had contributed to the damage in the past few weeks.

Karen Ayling, of Circle Housing Association, which manages the site, apologised to the residents.

“This is an isolated issue affecting the flooring at one home at Orchard Village.

“Our contractors are currently on site and expect to resolve the problem – which was caused by a leak – by the end of this week.”

Cllr Michael-Deon Burton said the situation was “shocking” and he did not trust Circle to deliver quality homes in Rainham.

“The partnership with Old Ford/Circle has literally fallen apart. The residents have lost all trust in the estate,” he said.


I'd be worried if I was living in any of the three floors beneath theirs, especially whilst the remedial works were ongoing.
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bellend
these council house people are always moaning, a little dip in the floor what's a matter with em, they'll want a roof next.
If we learn from our mistakes, why aint I a genius, If you educate the masses where's the advantage for the few?

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Ho-Hum
Looks all right to me.



Orchard Village Town homes.
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