£5m estate revamp finished by April, vow housing bosses

[from Islington Gazette]

£5m estate revamp finished by April, vow housing bosses

26 November 2008

THE DELAYED £5million regeneration of a Finsbury Park housing estate will be finished by next April, housing bosses have promised angry residents.

Almost 50 people living in Millfield and Fallowfield tower blocks, on the Six Acres estate, have signed a petition claiming external refurbishment works have made it “a dirty, unsafe place to live”.

Islington Council’s housing firm Homes for Islington (HfI) was forced to draft in extra workers to speed up the revamp after building firm Eugena went bust weeks after the first scaffolding went up around Millfield in April this year.

David Ronan, HfI’s project manager, insists the work is being carried out safely and has stepped up security on the site.

In a letter to all Six Acres residents Mr Ronan said lessons had been learned from the “complex” paint and repair work on Millfield, adding: “I am aware the works have caused additional debris. I have asked that the contractor provides staff to clean up the site regularly.”

Five other tower blocks are also being refurbished, with the final scaffolding on Monksfield block now due to be dismantled by April 30 next year.

The work is part of a £26million regeneration of the estate.


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