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another flawless construction by the polish building co.
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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Orchard Village tip.

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Video: See the humongous amount of rubbish dumped at Rainham’s Orchard Village

12:09 21 June 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Mountains of rubbish have been dumped at the Roman House site, Orchard Village, Rainham, where a group of travellers lived for a month

A video shows the humongous amount of rubbish travellers have left behind after leaving a site at Orchard Village.

Travellers have been moved on from the Roman House site at the Rainham estate after having lived there for a month.

Videos and pictures taken this morning by Dean Willoughby, who lives by the site in a bungalow on Frederick Road, Rainham, show mountains of rubbish need to be cleared.

A High Court order was issued on Friday and the group of travellers with their caravans left the site, managed by housing association Circle Housing, last night.

Tania Willoughby said the last people drove off the site at 1.45am this morning.

Mountains of rubbish have been dumped at the Roman House site, Orchard Village, Rainham, where a group of travellers lived for a month

 Mountains of rubbish have been dumped at the Roman House site, Orchard Village, Rainham, where a group of travellers lived for a month

“It’s such a state down here. The piles of rubbish continued to grow after they first moved in.

“We are living next to a rubbish tip - and the smell. When it gets hot it really smells like a dump,” she told the Recorder.

Describing the rubbish on the site, she added: “There is everything you could find in a house there.

“Mattresses, toilets, baths, shed panels, bags of dirt - things that you would clear from a house.”

Transit vans were seen coming in and out of the site and some residents expressed concerns after fires were set alight close from the rubbish.

Karen Ayling, head of housing for Circle Housing said: “The travellers vacated the land at Orchard Village last night and our team started work immediately to secure the site and make it safe.

“We have already begun repairing the gates and are putting in place 24 hour security to ensure the site remains secure.

“We will shortly begin the clean-up operation which is expected to take some time due to the volume of rubbish left behind. Although we do not know the exact cost of clearance yet, it is expected to be substantial. We will continue to keep our residents updated on the situation.”
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take their vans and caravans and sell them.
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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Carry-on up the Mardyke.

Residents organise to take over control of ‘nightmare’ Orchard Village estate, Rainham

10:00 11 November 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Residents at a problem-ridden housing association estate have taken the first steps towards running it themselves.

Housing association Circle, which runs the Orchard Village estate, told the Recorder it supports the idea of establishing a resident association.

A spokesman added the housing giant is “keen to help residents to achieve this”.

He admitted again homes on the estate “were not to the standard we expect”.

“While the first two phases were delivered successfully, there have been some issues with the most recent phase,” he added.

Residents were urged to contact Circle if they have concerns over service charges.

A council spokesman said the council’s building control team was involved in ensuring the development complied with building regulations.

He added: “Spot checks on various elements of the construction including the foundations, below ground drainage, damp proofing and the roof structures were carried out by Havering Council surveyors.

“They do not act as a clerk of works for any construction project and did not inspect every element of all the many hundreds of units that were built.”

More than 80 people attended a public meeting at the Orchard Village estate, Rainham, last week to discuss a series of on-going problems at the three-year-old site – previously dubbed a “nightmare” estate.

Representatives from housing association Circle, which runs Orchard Village, and officers from Havering Council were invited to attend but did not turn up.

But councillors representing South Hornchurch – Cllr Graham Williamson, Cllr Michael Deon-Burton, who lives on the estate, and Cllr Phil Martin – were present.

With Circle due to merge with housing giant Affinity Sutton, residents fear repairs will not be carried out and they are concerned they will have little say in the way the estate is managed.

Circle admitted there were “issues with the quality of some homes”.

Over the past year, the Recorder has reported problems on the site including falling metal poles, lack of insulation, vermin infestation and high energy bills.

Residents attending the meeting voted unanimously to start a referendum process to launch their own residents’ association, which would not give them any responsibilities but oblige Circle to acknowledge and respond to them as a formal collective.

They need 75 per cent of votes in favour in order to present their plan to Circle.

This comes after Circle residents in Tower Hamlets have taken the lead to disassociate from the housing association because it “has gone back over its promises” to keep the running of the estate “resident-led”, the meeting heard.

Residents told councillors a resurgence of mice had been reported in certain blocks, and claimed service charges were too high – with one block paying an annual £28,000.

One woman said she had fallen into debt because of high energy bills.

Cllr Williamson told residents the asset of the estate – previously the Mardyke estate – was sold for a symbolic £1 by the council to Circle.

He added: “A lot of people involved don’t want to talk to us because there is a cock-up. The building is actually the biggest problem. We don’t know who is responsible for signing it off. We are investigating this at the moment.

“We suspect the council has a role in signing this off and is embarrassed.”
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Any mice residing in these blocks will be expected to pay council tax.
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“Spot checks on various elements of the construction including the foundations, below ground drainage, damp proofing and the roof structures were carried out by Havering Council surveyors".

to minimum standards
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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Representatives from housing association Circle, which runs Orchard Village, and officers from Havering Council were invited to attend but did not turn up.
No one from Circle or our beloved council turned up.
Oh what a shocker.
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It's what is known as 'washing your hands of all responsibility'.

The council off-loaded responsibility to circle housing and it would appear they are in merger talks, and then the new company can say "that happened before our time, we'd like to help but tough titty".


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Yes how about the rats.
They should get rid of the mice as they will only be in band a and the rats in band d.
Much more money coming in.
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Families at Orchard Village, Rainham, start legal battle against Clarion Housing Group

11:39 09 December 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Orchard Village, Rainham

Exasperated residents have launched a legal challenge against a housing association, which they claim has repeatedly failed to provide effective repairs on their estate for more than a year.

Clarion Housing Group’s response

Vicky Bonner, Director of Housing at Clarion Housing Group commented: “The new group is taking urgent action to provide residents of Orchard Village the quality homes they were promised.

“We have set up a new project team which is focused on solving these issues permanently, as quickly as possible. “We are keeping residents updated on the full inspections which are currently being undertaken and will update further as soon as we have these results.

“We know that this has been a difficult time, but want to reassure residents they remain an absolute priority for us and we will do everything possible to keep disruption to a minimum while we carry out these remedial works.”

Leaseholders and freeholders living at Orchard Village, in Rainham, say they can no longer take the host of problems on the three-year-old “nightmare” estate.

A group of 13 families have decided to lodge a case against Circle Housing – now known as the Clarion Housing Group – which runs the site of 387 homes.

Last week, Circle Housing merged with Affinity Sutton to become one of the biggest housing-providers in the UK.

Leading the case, associate solicitor at Muldoon Britton Kalvin Chapman told the Recorder: “I have been doing litigation cases for 12 years and this is one of the most shocking litigation claims that I have ever come across.

Orchard Village resident Colin Nickless is angered by the fact his energy bill are three times higher than what he was expecting to pay.

“There might as well not be any windows or doors because heat is pouring out of the house,” he said.

He added he was “astonished” scores of problems on a social housing estate were allowed to go on for so long.

The Recorder has reported on the residents’ efforts to put pressure on the housing association to complete the long-awaited repairs, but the scale and sheer numbers of complaints continue to rise.

In the last fortnight, an 81-year-old man saw sewage coming into his kitchen and the staircase of a family with young children gave way.

A spokeswoman from Clarion said repairs were carried out and further work is scheduled to take place.

The legal proceedings are a last resort for residents, who put up with hosts of problems including leaky and damp homes caused by the lack of insulation, vermin infestation and claims of “extortionate” energy bills.

Colin Nickless, 40, of Broadis Way, has seen the health of his daughter Eleanor, five, who has autism and cystic fibrosis deteriorate while living in a damp and cold home.

She has been hospitalised several times since the family moved to Orchard Village in September last year, he said.

Mr Chapman described the residents’ claim as “a strong case” and he believes the legal threat should be enough to get all parties “around the table” to find a solution.

The legal challenge only represents 13 families but Mr Chapman hopes a settlement will include an agreement from Clarion over the whole estate – otherwise a case could go ahead in the High Court.

Residents taking part in the legal challenge all had thermal inspection carried out in their homes.

In the report of Mr Nickless’ home, the inspectors made 43 recommendation for further inspections and identified “a fire hazard, no sound proofing and very little thermal protection”, said Mr Chapman.

Elsewhere on the estate, 24 households in Greengage Court launched a mediation case at the Leaseholders Advisory Services tribunal after paying £140 of service charges a month compared with £20 in other blocks.

This comes as the Homes and Communities Agency – the social housing regulator – accepted to pursue the second stage of their investigation into Orchard Village after residents appealed the decision to close the enquiry.

Meanwhile, South Hornchurch councillors, backed by residents, are pleading with the council to step in and exercise its power under the Building Act 1984 and rectify the building work where appropriate.

At the last council meeting, the council agreed a motion stating it would “consider” stepping in where legally possible.

Cllr Graham Williamson said: “We need the council to take more of an interest in this. Orchard Village residents are Havering residents and the council has a duty of care towards them.”

Answering a formal complaint about the estate, Havering Council’s interim director of housing Neil Stubbings wrote: “It is very clear that there have been failings in relation to the new properties that have been built. These have not been denied by Clarion.”

He confirmed the council was seeking legal advice regarding a possible breach of building regulations and of the construction contract.
 
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Investigation launched over concerns of methane gas at Orchard Village estate, Rainham

14:19 29 December 2016

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

Orchard Village, Rainham

An MP has raised “grave concerns” over the possible presence of methane gas in a housing estate.

Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas contacted Public Health England after residents at Orchard Village, in Rainham, claimed some methane membranes, which prevent the build-up of harmful gases in buildings, were broken.

Families have been complaining of headaches, sore throats, eye infections, respiratory issues and a smell of rotten eggs on the estate built nearby a former landfill.

Email correspondence said Mr Cruddas “feels, with his constituents’ health possibly at risk, this is a measure that has to be considered as a priority”.

Public Health England notified the Environmental Health department at Havering Council, which is now checking records on how landfill gases were addressed during the Orchard Village development.

A spokeswoman for Clarion Housing Group, which runs the estate, said it takes the health and safety of its residents “extremely seriously” and the group has instructed a specialist contractor to carry out an independent survey.

The three-year-old estate, which has about 1,000 residents, has been struck by a host of problems over the quality of the building including recent surveys finding fire hazards in some of the homes.

Earlier this month, residents launched a legal challenge against the housing association, which they claim has repeatedly failed to provide effective repairs.

This comes as the social housing regulator Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) published a report which found Clarion’s predecessor, Circle Housing, breached the Home Standard and risked serious detriment to thousands of its tenants

HCA said it received complaints over repairs for heating and hot water, services provided to vulnerable tenants and “a very large number” of outstanding complaints – particularly from east London.

Neil McCall of Clarion called the poor quality of services unacceptable and he apologised “unreservedly” to the residents affected.

He said a programme is in place to transform the way services are delivered.

“I am confident that we have the right balance of determination, skills and experience at Clarion Housing Group to solve these problems,” he added.
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Bill E
First Rainham residents move into new homes after regeneration of notorious estate.

12:00 09 February 2011 Jane Ball First residents move in.

CELEBRATIONS are taking place on one of the most famous estates in London, as tenants begin to move into their brand new homes.

Havering Council cabinet member for transformation with special responsibility for Rainham, Cllr Michael Armstrong, said:

“This marks an important milestone in the redevelopment of the Orchard Village. While this is just one aspect of the long-term Rainham Compass regeneration programme, it is extremely satisfying to see the real difference the improvements are already making to residents and families in the area.”
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Top man praises housing revamp...

Friday, 26 July 2013 By havering@yellowad.co.uk

PLANNING minister Nick Boles has called the continuing regeneration of Orchard Village one of his favourite projects, according to an article in trade magazine Building Design.

Led by the Old Ford Housing Association – which is part of the Circle Group – and on behalf of Havering Council, the £80 million scheme will see the ageing Mardyke estate completely revamped with new, affordable flats, maisonettes and family homes.

Praising the development Mr Boles said Orchard Village was ’uplifting, fine, bold and human’. Council officials have said the estate was one of the least popular in the borough but now there is ’great demand for it’.

The project is part of Havering Council’s Rainham Compass scheme which includes a new state-of-art library. Resident Emmanuel Twum said: "I’m delighted with my new home. It’s a really good quality, well-designed property which even has two balconies giving fantastic views of the area.

"Orchard Village is going to be a great place to live and there’s a real sense of a safe community here."

Councillor Michael Armstrong said of the minister’s praise: "We are delighted."
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Percy
Is this rainham compass the same as the Labour compass?
Revolutions are always verbose.
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confused of hornchurch
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You don't get much for £80 million any more.
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confused of hornchurch
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Similar Percy, but in both cases the magnetic pointer appears to have dropped off.
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confused of hornchurch

As I said Jon, you don't get much for £80 million these days.

Politics column: Rainham MP Jon Cruddas discusses Orchard Village

11:21 13 January 2017


Housing associations have a proud history in delivering for their tenants and more generally are part of a rich tradition of mutualism and co-operation: of charitable and non-profit-making commitments to housing stretching back into the 19th century on behalf of working people.

In short, they have played a civilising role in our society for decades. I hope that will continue.

However, the experiences at the Orchard Village Estate – formerly the Mardyke – in south Hornchurch endanger this historic legacy.

This week I held a debate in Parliament to discuss the issue, and to find a route forward for the hundreds of residents – and we are literally talking about hundreds of residents – that have registered complaints about the poor standard of the new homes.

The main problems concern the failure to build homes to an adequate standard – leaving residents vulnerable to reported issues of damp, mould, noise pollution, fireproofing, and with an inadequate maintenance and repairs service. There have been serious concerns regarding insulation and heating costs.

On December 19, I was forced to contact Public Health England regarding concerns of methane exposure on the estate. In short, Circle Housing has failed the residents and it is completely unacceptable.

Due to the efforts of local residents, these issues are finally attracting the attention they deserve. The key question is what will happen to the estate in the future.

The good news is since the recent merger, Clarion Housing Group – formerly Circle – has established a project team to begin resolving issues.

They are also independently reviewing building quality and heating systems and the main contractor has been pulled off the estate and compensation is now being discussed. The council is also investigating matters.

Councillors have been instrumental in raising awareness and I will continue to work with them and residents to keep an active watching brief as this situation progresses. Happy new year to all Recorder readers.


I assume that Jon's involvement means that it's not just a minority of troublemakers moaning about the conditions at this 'flagship development'?
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Rainham MP Jon Cruddas warns of ‘Orchard Village test’ in Parliament

15:08 16 January 2017

Chloe Farand  (Romford Recorder)

A social housing estate, which has become notorious for its hosts of problems, was the subject of a Parliamentary debate on Friday.

Orchard Village, Rainham.

Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas raised his concerns over the weakness of the social housing regulator and the lack of action of the Housing Minister in carrying out a rapid investigation following claims of breach of building regulations at the three-year-old Orchard Village estate in Rainham.

The intensification of residents and local politicians’ campaign and the growing interest of national media on the issue have led Mr Cruddas to secure the debate in the House of Commons.

Mr Cruddas told Parliament the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) did not respond soon enough to the residents’ concerns, which started more than a year ago.

In December, the HCA published a report, which found Circle Housing, which runs the estate and is now known as Clarion Housing Group, breached consumer standards and risked serious detriment to thousands of its tenants in east London.

Housing minister MP Gavin Barwell committed to review the relationship between the Ombudsman and the regulator to ensure any serious complaints are adequately referred to the regulator.

He added the regulator had a high threshold and only intervened where there is judged to be a risk, or there has been risk, of serious harm to tenants.

After meeting with the housing group’s CEO last week, Mr Barwell said he believes Circle Housing’s merger with Affinity Sutton to form Clarion was an opportunity for the issues to be resolved.

But Mr Cruddas told the House: “Unfortunately the project has been damaged from the start by questions of building regulations.”

He added that the “failure to build homes to adequate standards” and the “failure of maintenance” particularly to vulnerable residents’ homes led to “serious allegations” of breach of building regulations and funding conditions.

Orchard Village was funded by public money with an £80million grant from central government and £28million from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Mr Cruddas warned the “historic role” of housing associations could be threatened “if we are not careful” and Orchard Village “should be a test for the future”.

Circle Housing was downgraded by the regulator for failing in its repairs service in 2015 but upgraded again last August after it reported improvement.

Clarion Housing Group has been approached for comment but previously told the Recorder a programme is in place to transform the way services are delivered at Orchard Village and surveyors are currently working on the estate to solve the problems.
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Call for demolition.

Councillor calls for Rainham’s problem-ridden Orchard Village to be demolished
10:18 27 January 2017
Ann-Marie Abbasah
 
Orchard Village, Rainham
A councillor called for a problem-ridden housing estate to be pulled down, while speaking at Wednesday’s full council meeting at Havering Town Hall.
 
Orchard Village Rainham resident Colin Nickless had to open a case with an independent watchdog after receiving extortionate energy bills.
Cllr Phil Martin (Ukip, South Hornchurch) asked cabinet member for housing, Cllr Damien White, for an update on what steps had been taken to assist residents.

November’s full council meeting saw a motion put forward to ensure measures were put in place to deal with the repeated failures of Orchard Village developers.
“Residents’ lives have been blighted by the sub-standard building work that has taken place,” said Cllr Martin at Wednesday’s meeting.
“The only solution is its demolition and complete reconstruction.”
Cllr White said residents should be provided with the highest possible quality of accommodation.
But, he added: “If properties are not built to specification this falls outside the scope of housing revenue.
“Every avenue that can be taken is being taken.”
The councillor said the council is “pushing” Clarion Housing – formerly Circle Housing – to rectify the problems.
The social housing estate in Rainham has been beset by problems, leading Rainham and Dagenham MP Jon Cruddas to raise concerns in the House of Commons.
The Recorder previously reported that a Freedom of Information request revealed gas membranes fitted to the foundations of the buildings were damaged.
The documents show notes of inspections presented to the council, before it awarded the certificate of completion, reading “gas getting by” and “gas membrane to be made good”.
Cllr White continued: “The council is working strenuously to facilitate improvements with the owners of the site, Clarion Housing, and will continue to work with them to seek early redress of these issues.”
But Colin Nickless, who represents the estate’s residents’ association, said: “Despite repeated requests by residents and councillors, including the matter being raised in Parliament by Jon Cruddas MP, Havering’s building control have still not provided residents with evidence that the membranes were repaired.”
In December, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) found Circle Housing – now Clarion – breached consumer standards and risked serious detriment to thousands of its tenants in east London.
“Residents of Orchard Village have suffered enough and now it is time the council or, if necessary, [the] Mayor Of London’s office, take responsibility away from Clarion,” continued Mr Nickless, of Broadis Way.
But the issues show no sign of abating.
At the meeting, Cllr White informed councillors: “In line with the legal advice obtained, an inspection of one of the properties in phase three of the development is to be undertaken to ascertain the extent of the problems in relation to the building regulations.
“Legal advice has confirmed that DUE TO THE LENGTH OF TIME since the development has been completed, NO ACTION can be taken in respect of PHASES ONE OR TWO.
“Depending on the outcome of the inspection, further investigation and/or legal action will be considered.”
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