I have organised a public meeting to discuss fire safety concerns at the Timperley Place development in Deal.
A fire broke out in Cornfield Row on the estate last April, destroying two homes and damaging a third. In May this year, housebuilders Persimmon wrote to all properties informing them some homes had been found not to have cavity barriers correctly installed.
I have since been contacted by residents who say their homes have failed tests – while others say they are still awaiting inspections. I have now written to more than 300 properties, inviting them to attend a public meeting on July 18 at the Golf Road Centre in Deal. Persimmon has been invited, as well as the National House Building Council (NHBC) which carried out building control at the development.
I am very concerned about this issue. Residents have complained to me about the quality of the whole scheme – yet inadequate fire proofing is another matter entirely. People deserve to know what happened. They have spent their hard-earned money on homes that are not built to an acceptable standard and could even be at risk of burning down. It’s vital to guarantee that every home on that estate is safe.
I had a meeting with Persimmon’s South East Managing Tom Wright at Westminster on Tuesday (July 2). Mr Wright promised to look at individual issues raised, produce a timeline for when all properties would be inspected, and provide a dedicated customer care hotline for both the Deal and Aylesham developments. I was very clear that we need to see things happen much more quickly than they have been.
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