With the parafin heaters the walls ran with moisture the windows dripped and wwe all had chest problems.They were so dangerous but the old valor heater used to cast a strage light on the ceiling from the metal perforations and through the mica window.
Did anyone have an outside toilet?
Much as I loved my Aunt and Uncle (my mums brother) I hated going to their house.
Had to walk down their back garden for a jimmy!
Lovely walk with six inches of snow on the ground!
Outside khazi must sound luxury for the folk living on Orchard Village!
Housing estate residents who have been ‘living in hell’ entitled to ‘millions in damages’
15:25 14 February 2017
Ryan Tute (Romford Recorder)
Orchard Village, Rainham
A buyback offer for residents who have suffered from a litany of problems at a troubled housing estate is “still not good enough”.
That is the view of a solicitor representing exasperated residents at Orchard Village in Rainham.
Kalvin Chapman, associate solicitor at Muldoon Britton, describes the case as one of the “most shocking” in his decade of litigation claims.
The Clarion housing group, Britain’s largest housing association, took over the estate two months ago when it bought the original property developer Circle Homes.
With hundreds coming forward over the last two years issuing complaints, Clarion last week agreed to buy back 58 of the 387 homes in Orchard Village.
While the solicitor concedes the offer is a “great move forward”, Mr Chapman claims there is still “millions in damages to be contested across the whole estate”.
“Clarion has suddenly bucked its ideas up, finally realising this could end up in court,” he said.
“I am grateful that somebody has seen sense but I still think more needs to be done.
“They have not dealt with the residents who have had waterfalls coming through their ceilings, sewage in their kitchens and rats running round their homes.
“People have been effectively living in hell and are entitled to substantial damages to fix their homes and the two years of inaction.”
The solicitor believes the timing of the offer by Clarion is “rather telling” with many residents suspicious about why now.
Mr Chapman said: “They have had several media outlets demanding answers and solicitors talking to the entire estate so Clarion have been put under significant pressure to do something.
“There is a massive risk residents will not get compensated for everything if they agree to having the house bought back quickly.”
Clarion has been quick to defend their actions since taking over with dedicated project teams visiting the site on a regular basis in an attempt to understand the extent of the issues.
Chairman of housing association behind 'substandard' development resigns
Sir Robin Young’s decision to stand down from Clarion Housing Group in April comes after reports into residents’ ‘living hell’ at Orchard Village estate
Orchard Village. The ‘flagship’ estate, built by Clarion Housing Group, has been beset by problems. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian
@johnharris1969 (The Guardian)
Monday 27 February 2017 19.08 GMT
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The chairman of the housing association at the heart of a scandal focused on a newly-built East London residential development has announced that he is standing down.
Sir Robin Young, a former high-ranking civil servant during Tony Blair’s time as prime minister, was appointed chair of the newly-created Clarion Housing Group when it was formed in December last year but will now depart in April.
The news that he is leaving his role comes three weeks after the Guardian reported on Orchard Village, a so-called “flagship” estate in the London borough of Havering whose residents describe it as a “living hell”, complaining of an array of problems, from damp and mould to allegedly dangerous levels of toxic gas.
Orchard Village was built at a cost of around £80m, just over £30m of which was public money. A residents’ campaign has resulted in a pledge from Clarion to buy back houses owned by freeholders. Compensation offered to Clarion’s tenants has so far amounted to £100 per household.
Leaking sewage and rotten floorboards: life on a ‘flagship’ housing estate
Young had previously served as the chairman of Circle Housing, the housing association that owned and ran Orchard Village, prior to its merger with the Affinity Sutton housing group to create Clarion, the UK’s biggest housing association.
The new organisation is in charge of some 125,000 homes across England. The latest move comes after the departure from Clarion of its deputy chief executive, who was also a former senior figure at Circle.
In an official statement, Young said: “I have very much enjoyed my time in social housing and after over eight years as chairman, it’s time to stand down.” Clarion refused to comment on whether his departure was linked to recent official criticisms of Circle’s legacy and the issues facing the Clarion group, or the Orchard Village scandal.
The issues that face the Clarion group also include a range of problems in the borough of Tower Hamlets. In October 2016, the area’s MP, Labour’s Rushanara Ali, said that residents there had experienced leaks, faulty heating and hot water systems and damaged walls and ceilings that had been left unrepaired. She warned of a “trend towards bigger, more remote and less accountable housing associations with multi-million pound turnovers and substantial assets and reserves behaving like companies that are not serving their communities”.
In response to Young’s departure, Ali told the Guardian: “He was the chair of Circle, and Circle has been shambolic, and treated hundreds of people in my constituency as if their problems don’t matter. Frankly, he should have resigned a long time ago.”
In December last year, the official housing regulator, the Homes and Communities Agency, announced that Circle had “breached the regulator’s home standard” and “risked serious harm to its tenants”. These findings led the agency to issue the new Clarion group with a warning about the potential of “serious detriment” to its residents.
In another development, the Guardian has learned that the HCA has considered new complaints about Clarion’s response to problems experienced by vulnerable and disabled tenants at Orchard Village, including mould, leaks and properties inundated with sewage, but decided not to act. In official correspondence, the agency said it acknowledged that issues such would cause “distress, worry and frustration” but that “responsibility for addressing the problems with the Orchard Village development … now rests with Clarion.”
Clarion previously said that its “dedicated project team has already made significant progress in tacking the build defects at Orchard Village”, and that during that time, it has ensured that “residents receive a swift response and action [sic] to any defect or general repair issues as it was clear that has not always been the case previously”.
When it comes to allegations of health-threatening levels of toxic gases, Clarion says that it is “taking residents’ concerns extremely seriously”. It says it has now instructed “ground investigation specialists to undertake rigorous scientific tests”.
Rainham parents and housing group have dispute over ‘dangerous’ parking
PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 March 2017
Hayley Anderson (Romford Recorder)
Children are having to walk through a "dangerous" car park thanks to the new buildings built by Clarion Housing Group. Picture: Ellie Hoskins
Concerned parents are clashing with a housing group over parking by a school which they say could lead to a fatal accident.
Work on the development of the Orchard Village estate, Rainham, owned by Clarion Housing Group, has caused upset among parents at Newtons Primary School, Lowen Road.
The car park on the opposite side of the road, which was used by parents to pick up and drop off their children, has been boarded up by Clarion, forcing them to use the car park around the back of the school, owned by the housing group.
As the school has closed the front entrance, many parents assuming due to the construction work, children have to walk through the busy car park at the back to get to the building.
Mum Natasha Summers, 41, of Stanley Road, Rainham, has set up a petition which has been signed by about 150 people, asking the housing group to ensure children’s safety.
She said: “Since September, I’ve seen four near misses where children could have been killed.
“Cars are pulling in and out and reversing which children have to walk through since there is no other way of getting into the school - it’s really dangerous.
“Parents who work need to drive so need somewhere to park safely.
“If something isn’t done, a child could die.”
However, Clarion Housing Group has argued that it is parents’ responsibilities to drive responsibly.
A spokeswoman said: “We do not provide parking for the school and it’s never been our responsibility to do so.
“Individual parents should be parking responsibly for the safety of their own and other peoples’ children – even if that means parking further away from the school and walking a safe route, of which there are many.” In response to the Clarion Housing Group, Cllr Graham Williamson said: “It is not about putting blame on anyone, we just need to work together to make sure that these children are able to get to and from the school safely.”