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Morning Briefing: concerns over Chalcots Estate works

The BBC gets inside an apparently refurbished estate in Camden and a housing association merger falls through

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Morning briefing: concerns over Chalcots Estate works

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The BBC has been inside the apparently refitted Chalcots Estate (the estate in Camden which residents were evacuated from in the aftermath of Grenfell), and has discovered some apparently worrying flaws.

Tenants have been moved back in because upgrade work has been completed, but the BBC has pictures of broken self-closers on fire doors, gaps between flat doors and the floor and unboxed in pipes.

“They aren’t answering my questions directly. I’ve been asking for reassurances and they’ve not offered one,” a resident named only as David told the BBC.

Camden Council told the BBC it had completed the urgent works identified by the London Fire Brigade, relating to fire containment issues inside the blocks, with further work planned by the council to improve fire doors.

Elsewhere, a planned merger between two Berkshire landlords – Housing Solutions and Bracknell Forest Homes – has been called off. Merger talks were first announced in February.

And finally, Channel 4 has published An Ode to Social Housing by poet Tony Walsh.

“They say the swinging sixties, but for most it never swung/the reality was poverty, my parents married young,” it begins. Watch the full poem here.

In Dubai, a blaze has ripped through a tall building – the Torch Tower – in scenes which bear a chilling resemblance to Grenfell. No injuries have been so far reported.

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