After writing to councillors, MP and THH, to alert them to design features of the new doors, THH have now confirmed that they will speak with AD about options. Our local Member of Parliament Rushanara Ali has also confirmed she is supporting this issue.
Please see an up-date to this post here.
Today I need to express concerns about the latest door replacement program carried out by the housing provider Tower Hamlets Homes.
All tenants have been offered those doors and currently I am trying to ascertain whether tenants are going to be forced to have those new doors or get threatened with loss of tenancy if they don’t.
The door replacements are taking place on a frequent basis. We’ve had 3 in as many decades.
Firstly we had those chest-nut brown wooden doors with brass letter slits and door knockers. The chestnut door frames are still around most blocks.
Please scroll through the images to compare the quality of the doors.
Secondly – see on your left, and less than a decade ago tenants had new fire-proof and police approved security doors installed. Those doors have a triple secure letter box with inside and outside strong letter flaps. The doors are metal lined and have multi-lock mechanisms. They are also very heavy.
Now, we have received another program of door replacments. Those new doors are already installed for tenants in the blocks around the Regents Canal – Sewardstone Road and I am very concerned about their quality.
Cleland, Goodrich, Kemp and Piggott houses have the doors below.
When I recently handed out leaflets all around the estate I notice the flimsy letter boxes on those new doors. There is a thin pin going across the outside of the letterbox and on that hangs a letter box flap.
Unfortunately on many doors the flap has fallen off. This leaves the door without any flap and there is a brush-type fender across the inside of the letterbox, with no letter flap on the inside of the door. Here both the letter flap and the pin holding has already come off.
There is very little to stop a fire from coming out through those doors’ letter boxes.
It is beyond my understanding how Tower Hamlets Homes can describe those doors as fire-proof.
I have placed an enquiry with Tower Hamlets Homes asking whether tenants will be forced to have those low quality new doors.
Letters came through our doors from Tower Hamlets Homes, informing us that they will replace all doors of tenanted properties.
Quite amazing that the old doors are not fire-proof as they were put in not so long ago. It’s good to know that our landlord is vigilant and recognises and addresses dangers from fire hazards.
Of course leaseholders are expected to certify that their own doors are also fireproof.
I wholly welcome such an improvement to our safety and hope that all works can be carried out without problems.
All residents are asked to be espcially aware of nuisance callers during times of improvement works and always ask for identification prior to admitting callers.