Orchard Estate residents angry after wires and water pipes left exposed for over a year
PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 September 2018
Residents at the Orchard Estate in Woodford are angry that wires and water pipes have been left exposed for over a year, and 200 of them have signed a petition to try and get them fixed.
Damage caused by a fire on the estate more than two years also still hasn’t been fully repaired.
Redbridge Council has said that the casing on the heating and water pipes was removed because of fire safety concerns following the Grenfell disaster.
Jim Brennan, 71, of Liston Way, has lived on the estate for 15 years and said that he has had enough of living on the estate.
He said the wires and water pipes in the corridors look like they are living in a basement and added: “It’s a joke that it has been left this way.
“It is dangerous, everyone knows that electric and water doesn’t mix - it only takes an idiot to rip the wires and we could have another disaster on our hands.
“It looks disgusting - everyday I walk out of my flat and have to look at it and its a total eyesore.”
He said that it is the same across all four blocks of flats, and that he - along with 200 other residents - want the council to replace the casing.
Victor Matthew, 56, lives on the 10th floor, and said that a flat caught fire above his a few years ago and the damage hasn’t been repaired.
He said that he can’t believe the work still hasn’t been finished - and said: “Its just not good enough.
“It is like a sauna in here too, it is so hot because of the exposed hot water pipes.
“When the weather was really hot it was completley unbearable.”
Amir Nadeem, 52, lives on the ninth floor of the Liston Way building and said: “It’s a nightmare living in this place.
“Everything is disgusting, it needs to be sorted out.
“The council need to pull their fingers out and finish the work that they started over a year ago.”
The council said that it understands the exposed pipes are not visually pleasing, but that the safety of tenants is a priority.
A spokeswoman from Redbridge Council said: “In August 2017, following the Grenfell fire, the heating and water casing was removed because of concerns around fire safety and flammability.
“The council has already taken the decision to box in the piping and complete other works to help improve the property and we expect to fully consult tenants on these proposals in November 2018, with work due to start in 2019/20 improvement programme.”