Edensor Gardens Residents 'Say No To The Top Floor'
Opposing Hounslow Council plans to add extra storey to three-floor blocks of flats
Residents in Edensor Gardens are furious over plans by Hounslow Council to build an extra storey at their three-floor blocks in order to create extra housing.
The residents have set up a petition, 'Say No To The Top Floor' in advance of a consultation meeting this week.
The Council has written to residents informing them of the proposal to create an extra 28 homes as part of their 5,000 pledge (to create thousands of homes across the borough). A budget of £5 m has been allocated for the project which would take an estimated 12 months.
A spokesperson for residents said the plans would not only turn their area into a building site for several months, creating safety and noise issues for those with young children or the many elderly and disabled residents, but could put the structure of the buildings at risk.
The spokesperson said the flats were built on an area that was formerly sewage grounds and they were concerned about the foundations. Residents had constant problems with drainage and flooding and one elderly woman complained of sewage backing up to her bathroom.
Putting in extra housing would make existing problems worse.
Last June, Hounslow Council contractors RSK undertook an external Site Survey which involved excavating three areas to the external grounds surrounding the blocks. Locals say they were not send any letters informing them in advance and woke up to hear loud noise outside their bedroom windows.
Those opposed have already held a public meeting and say " Backing 'Say No To The Top Floor' is fundamentally important to defending our rights to peace and quiet, our children's safety amidst potentially years of building work involving heavy machinery and to push back at the Council who think they can just run rough shod over the people who have to actually live with their decisions. We say NO to the top floor.
"We categorically oppose the plans to add a fourth floor to the buildings at Edensor Gardens. We cherish our peaceful home environment.
"We defend the rights of our children to move around safely without the hazard of workmen, vehicles and heavy machinery. We reject your plans for car parks and playgrounds and the upheaval that will cost us, both in terms of environment and property value."
They have also contacted local councillor John Todd and MP Ruth Cadbury about the issue.
An information meeting will be held at the Dukes Meadows Community Centre on Wednesday, 11th September from 3-7 pm for residents to talk to council officials and the architects. The council is seeking feedback from the local community.
As well as providing extra homes, the Council says it intends to carry out upgrades to the local area including cycle storage, parking, landscaping and a play area.
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