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Dispute over Walthamstow Stadium demolition damage
A family living next to the former Walthamstow Stadium site are locked in a bitter legal battle with the housing association developing the site, after bungling workers caused an estimated £6,000 worth of damage to their property.
Kirsty and Chris Buaku, both 44, of Rushcroft Road in Chingford, claim they are being ignored by London & Quadrant after rejecting two offers of compensation following the incident on April 28.
An error made when a contractor demolished the stadium’s former kitchen and restaurant block caused the concrete paving to crack and a shed containing gym equipment to be uprooted.
The family said they panicked as bricks "rained down on the garden."
The couple were later told a steal post on the site, which was supposed to be cut, was instead pulled by a mechanical claw.
L&Q has since made two offers of compensation, the most recent totalling £4,700, which was rejected.
Now the couple, who have two children, aged 13 and eight, insist the housing association is refusing to co-operate and resolve the issue.
Mrs Buaku said: "We do exist; they can’t just walk all over us.
“We’re getting absolutely nowhere. It has been a nightmare.
“We just want to be compensated for the damage and all the stress and worry we’re having."
Mr Buaku said the ordeal has put a strain on the family.
He added: "My wife comes home from work and is crying all the time.
"Our life has been put on hold, we just want it all rectified.
"It’s us chasing them, and it gives you the feeling you’ve done something wrong."
The dispute is now being handled by the Buaku’s insurance company.
An L&Q spokeswoman said: "Quadrant Construction are in discussion with the resident to replace items and rectify damage, which occurred during works undertaken by our contractor, Oakwood Demolition.
"A number of offers have been made, and we are confident that the issue will be resolved."