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Residents to move from Southwark block

Councillors have decided tenants and leaseholders in a Southwark tower block must be moved immediately.

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Southwark Council in south London is considering selling Maydew House, home to 144 residents, because of a lack of funds to meet the £12.2 million cost of refurbishing the block to bring it up to the decent homes standard.

This is despite a Facebook page calling for the block to be saved, which has attracted 44 supporters.

At a council cabinet meeting on Monday night, members noted ‘that residents will be required to move out of their properties regardless of whether Mayhew House is sold or retained and refurbished due to the nature and extent of the work required’.

A consultation on the long-term future of the block will take place later this year but residents will be permanently re-housed with immediate effect. The consultation will consider a potential right of return for tenants.

Residents will home loss and disturbance payments and new units being built in Montreal House, in nearby Canada Water, will be ring-fenced for the re-housed tenants.

Residents had previously questioned the extent of major work that needed doing to the block, stating that homes were in a good state of repair.

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