This week a big issue has come to light for residents of the Chalcots Estate, who are still experiencing disruption following evacuation and cladding works. The Belsize Liberal Democrat candidates have written to the local papers calling on Labour-run Camden Council to reverse their decision and consult residents properly. You can see what we’ve written below. If you’d like to know more about the plans, please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden Council must consult residents on replacement of Chalcots windows
'Labour-run Camden Council’s plan to replace all the windows on the Chalcots Estate without consulting residents is breathtaking for its arrogance and muddled thinking. The plan isn’t about just replacing the glass, but removing the window systems, stripping back to the bare concrete and starting again. This would be a further huge intrusion into the lives of Chalcots residents, greater than anything since the evacuation. And the current windows still have 20 years left of their expected life span.
Last year’s decision to replace the cladding was made because the towers were clad in the same flammable material as Grenfell; this was a very good reason to undertake a major project. The residents were consulted and given different options to consider. Replacing the windows would be a significantly more intrusive project and yet there has been zero consultation, with the final decision to be made by the Camden Cabinet on 21 March. The cost of this work alone is likely to be £30 million.
The reasons given by the Council – safety concerns, better insulation, tidying the warranty arrangements – have some merit, but do not mean that the wishes of the many hundreds of people living in the towers can be ignored. It would be entirely wrong to proceed with this project without a proper consultation process. We call on the Labour Council to back off. We demand that they show some respect to the people who live on the Chalcots and find out what they think first instead of rushing ahead with this project.'
We will continue to listen to residents and work for them on this issue to challenge the Labour-run council.
Tom Simon, Luisa Porritt, Ben Newman,
Your Lib Dem Team for Belsize.