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Housing association to take over repairs at Barnsbury estate

14 December, 2018

A HOUSING association has said it will take over the work of a tenant-led management association to “improve” health and safety on Barnsbury estate.

Newlon Housing Trust wrote to residents this month to say it will now be in charge of estate services and routine repairs, which were previously run by Barnsbury Estate Local Management Organisation (BELMO).

Newlon said in the letter: “This is because we want to improve the way services are provided, specifically in relation to fire and gas safety and the health and safety of residents and staff.”

A public meeting was held on Thursday where residents could quiz Newlon.

Some residents on the estate, with more than 600 homes, have previously called on Islington Council to take over its running.

This week, a Town Hall spokeswoman said: “We’re aware of the changes Newlon are proposing and will keep a close eye on the situation to ensure the estate is managed in the best interests of our residents.”

The local management organisation was set up in 1994 by residents and was initially responsible for cleaning, repairs and maintenance services under a formal agreement with Islington Council.

Newlon took over ownership of the estate from the council in 1999.

It has said it will be in charge of the management of all aspects of the estate from February 1.

“Nothing will change in relation to people’s tenancies or rents as a result of this action as we already directly manage these,” the housing association has assured residents.

BELMO did not respond to requests for comment.

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