Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Peabody 'to restore gas supply from Monday'

A London housing association threatened with legal action has pledged to start reconnecting the gas supply to more than 200 properties from Monday.

Residents of Strawberry Vale, East Finchley, had applied to the Central London County Court for an injunction, as 240 properties have been without gas for cooking since 20 January. A court hearing due to take place last Friday was postponed and Peabody has now pledged to start re-connecting properties from 14 March.

The homes had been without gas since a fault with the meter on 20 January. Law firm Hodge Jones & Allen, representing the residents, said Peabody Trust had been “unwilling” to reconnect the gas supply despite the meter being replaced on 22 January.

Peabody said the delay in reconnection was due to the fact it is classed as a “gas conveyor” at the estate and therefore needs to follow “additional requirements and procedures” as it is subject to regulation aimed at gas distributors.

A spokesperson said: “After receiving advice from a number of gas experts and listening to residents’ views, we are pleased that we can now begin the process of restoring the gas for cooking at Strawberry Vale. We have also discussed our approach with the Health and Safety Executive. Restoration of the gas will need to be done in phases.”

The spokesperson said the work of fully restoring gas to all homes affected will take 10 to 12 weeks.

Tenants have been supplied with electric cookers in the meantime.

In addition to the 240 homes without gas for cooking, it is understood there are around four properties that have also been without heating and hot water. These will be among the first to have their gas re-connected.

Jayesh Kunwardia, partner at Hodge Jones & Allen, said residents are now looking at issuing compensation claims against Peabody.

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