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‘Sewage broke my leg’, claims angry South Woodford resident as Excalibur Court problems pile up

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:37 11 November 2016

Olivia Campbell, 59, broke her leg after tripping on water logged flooring.

Olivia Campbell, 59, broke her leg after tripping on water logged flooring.

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Leaking sewage, widespread mould and collapsed ceilings are just some of the problems despairing residents have to endure in a South Woodford block of flats.

Water marks on the walls in the hallways of Excalibur Court in the Queen Mary Gate developmentWater marks on the walls in the hallways of Excalibur Court in the Queen Mary Gate development

One 59-year-old woman claimed the excrement seeped through her laminated flooring causing her to trip and break her leg.

Olivia Coleman, of Excalibur Court, in Queen Mary’s Avenue, says her injuries are the culmination of more than four years of problems with the flats, which are managed by Circle Housing.

She told the Recorder: “Water and sewage seeped through the floor. The laminate floor came up and I tripped over it.”

The waste issue was one of many problems residents have reported about the block of flats.

Excalibur Court in the Queen Mary Gate development has been wrapped in scaffolding as works take place.Excalibur Court in the Queen Mary Gate development has been wrapped in scaffolding as works take place.

Historical faults include a ceiling collapsing, widespread condensation and mould, and broken lifts, which are currently being rectified.

Thirteen families have been moved permanently into new homes due to the problems.

Cllr Tom McLaren (Con, Church End) who helped residents raise issues with Circle in 2014, said he was disappointed these problems had not already been sorted out.

“It’s completely unacceptable,” he said. “In terms of the residents’ quality of life, the building to a large extent does not seem to be fit for purpose.”

A spokesman for the housing association confirmed a pipe, carrying human waste burst leaking into the car park beneath Ms Campbell’s home, but said it was fixed the same day.

Yet when the Recorder visited last week a number of dehumidifiers lined the ground floor hallways of Excalibur Court, and high water marks could clearly be seen on the walls.

He continued: “There has been an issue with the waste water pipes, which are being replaced throughout the development.”

Despite the ongoing problems the spokesman said: “These are non-structural defects arising from some of the materials used in the original development.”

Circle’s head of property Christian O’Mahoney “apologised for the disruption”. Work is expected to take two years.


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