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UPDATE to original article – ITS NOW 25th June 2017 –FIRE SAFETY NOT A PRIORITY Director Olajide Akintelure orders  “SCREW THE WINDOWS SHUT” we’ve now attached the letter from Riverside:

UPDATE to original article – ITS NOW 16th June 2017, TWO windows fallen so far, and MANY HEALTH AND SAFETY issues including non working Fire Doors within the building not corrected by Riverside. Maidstone Borough Council still dragging their heals – after an inspection listing MANY health and safety issues Riverside were told to make corrections within a defined time limit! This has been exceeded by atleast 8 months. But when STARC chased MBC  to enforce their inspection deadline – tumble weeds were their response – TOTAL INACTION. Riverside bought Pudding Lane April 2015 – promised the earth and did nothing. A second window fell out November 27th 2015 – NO REPAIR TODATE 567 days or 1.5 years! Their response? “SCREW THE WINDOWS SHUT” please read on….

So, Riverside are aware that the “windows are not safe to open…”. Mark Martin, Olajide Akintelure and Bev Covington were made aware of this (as were other Directors) on and prior to 17th December 2014.  So after 550+ days Riverside’ solution? The letter dated 1 July 2016 by Olajide Akintelure states,

“arrange all windows to be screwed shut”, pardon? I hear you say.  Yes you heard correctly – apparently  the safety of tenants is NOT a priority!

Tenants are in an uproar and in shear dismay – One STARC tenant said “How are we supposed to escape if there is a fire?” and another said, “How are my children going to breath during the summer months?  There isn’t any ventilation!“. What on earth are Riverside thinking? Evidently of themselves and not about the Tenants.

The following quote is from a letter dated 1st July 2016:


Some of you will know, that we have had some issues with the windows facing the street… These specialists have since carried out surveys and have determined that the windows are not safe to open.

As a results, we have commissioned our contracts Beyer Group Plc, to arrange for all windows to be screwed shut [italics added], while we continue to investigate solutions. … we hope you appreciate that this decision has not been taken lightly…

You should also avoid opening any of these windows in the meantime”


Olajide Akintelure

Head of Asset Management, Riverside Housing Association

The following quote is from a letter dated 3rd June 2016:

Problems encountered at Pudding Lane 

Upon acquisition of the building we completed a detailed survey and found major problems including design and structural issues, damp and general poor state of repair…”  [Italics added]

Stephen Elliott

Interim Director, Riverside Housing Association


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