CATFORD: Residents divided over future of Excalibur estate

This Is Local London: Denise Marie of Ector Road with daughters Hallie aged five and Kacie aged 10 Denise Marie of Ector Road with daughters Hallie aged five and Kacie aged 10

RESIDENTS of a controversial prefab estate have been meeting with a property developer and a council to discuss its future.

People from Catford’s Excalibur estate have been expressing their views at discussion meetings attended by L&Q housing association and Lewisham Council.

Homes were likely to be demolished and redeveloped as part of a transfer from the Council to L&Q after residents complained of poor living conditions.

But Lewisham Council announced it was considering classifying the scheme as a "regeneration" meaning people would not be able to vote on what happened to the estate.

Residents have divided opinions about what should happen to their homes.

Denise Marie of Ector Road said: “Basically I want a nice warm house for my kids. Where my sofa is it’s literally black with mould. I’m there every single week cleaning it down.

The 37-year-old added: “When the winter comes it’s a nightmare. We’re spending a lot of money on central heating.”

Michelle Byrne of Persant Road said: “My house is riddled with damp. My furniture is ruined. It’s disgusting.”

The mother-of-two added: “I’m sick and tired of these people who want to save the prefabs being splashed all over the paper. Shouldn’t people’s health come first?”

But Theresa Borg of Wentland Close wants to stay in her home and says households should be allowed to vote.

Mrs Borg said: “It’s so wrong that our vote has just been snatched away from us. We are not going to have a ballet but are still having L&Q. Whatever happened to democracy?”

The 44-year-old added: “It’s a wonderful community. People have lived here for donkey’s years. It’s safe. There’s low crime. I know all my neighbours. Why wouldn’t you want to stay?”

A council spokesman said: “Once officers have looked through the feedback and comments from these consultation events we will be preparing a report to go to Mayor and Cabinet sometime in March for consideration.”

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5:39pm Thu 25 Feb 10

jim-999 says...

I am sorry to hear that residents are suffering from what they call damp, when in fact it is condensation brought on by lack of ventilation, and not by water transfer.
However if they really believe it is damp they should report it as a repair, and I am 100% convinced that it will be dealt with? The residents of the estate have just carried out their own survey of what residents want and don’t want, and the results of the report has been sent to Lewisham Council And English Heritage.
I have enclosed the statistics of the survey so all can see what the vast majority of residents really want, and that is “Conservation”


There are 187 prefabs on the estate we have managed to visit all homes
58 were unavailable
6 voids
9 against
114 support conservation
1. 123 households on the Excalibur estate were surveyed. This represents 66% of all
Households on the estate.
2. 93% of those surveyed support conservation
3. 7% Against

Conclusion

Although only Two thirds of the estate were contacted regarding the survey, statistically this is very good and is reasonable to regard the results as a reflection of the estate as a whole
Therefore we can see that the vast majority of residents value their homes as they are now and want the estate to be designated a conservation area.
I am sorry to hear that residents are suffering from what they call damp, when in fact it is condensation brought on by lack of ventilation, and not by water transfer. However if they really believe it is damp they should report it as a repair, and I am 100% convinced that it will be dealt with? The residents of the estate have just carried out their own survey of what residents want and don’t want, and the results of the report has been sent to Lewisham Council And English Heritage. I have enclosed the statistics of the survey so all can see what the vast majority of residents really want, and that is “Conservation” There are 187 prefabs on the estate we have managed to visit all homes 58 were unavailable 6 voids 9 against 114 support conservation 1. 123 households on the Excalibur estate were surveyed. This represents 66% of all Households on the estate. 2. 93% of those surveyed support conservation 3. 7% Against Conclusion Although only Two thirds of the estate were contacted regarding the survey, statistically this is very good and is reasonable to regard the results as a reflection of the estate as a whole Therefore we can see that the vast majority of residents value their homes as they are now and want the estate to be designated a conservation area. jim-999
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