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Middey's continuing eyesore - is Haringey responsible?

The following is an email exchange based on my complaint of 12th April to Haringey using the 'Our Haringey' app.

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Many thanks for your correspondence regarding the mess left behind by builders who were working on the refurbishment of the above property.

 

Please be advised that contact has been made with the tenant’s managing agent requesting that they arrange to make good the site around the property.

 

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

Regards

 

Patrick Azikie MRICS

Valuer - Commercial & Estates

Corporate Property & Major Projects

Haringey Council

Alexandra House, 10 Station Road, London N22 7TR

Tel: 0208 489 2368

patrick.azikie@haringey.gov.uk

My reply

Dear Mr Patrick Azikie

Thank you for your assurances. It is now 4 days since you sent me your note and over three weeks since I submitted my 'Our Haringey' report. Presumably the managing agent has had notice of the problem longer than that, and still there is no sign of improvement. It looks ro me as though a very simple intervention would take about half an hour. Indeed this problem in its present form has existed for over 3 months, since the site was abandoned. Prior to that the builders paid scant attention to rules about driving on pavements, and in defiance of the considerate contractor protocol parked vehicles on the site on Saturday afternoons.
Please can you tell me what time-scales you have specified for any remedial actions, and what sanctions you can impose to ensure that something is done.
I would further ask what actions Haringey is taking to improve things. As the landlord of these premises you no doubt have clauses in the lease about the need for prior landlord's consent before works are undertaken, and a statement making explicit the need for listed building consent. Why were these clauses not discussed with the new tenants prior to their taking over the premises? Whether the current lease is directly with Haringey, or if it has been assigned by the proprietors of the Crouch End Kitchen, surely the expectation of compliance with appropriate procedures would have been discussed between the landlord and the new tenant. Why did Haringey not put in place measures to prevent this present unhappy situation? What now should you be doing to implement a remedy? As landlord you have a duty of care to the listed buildings, to the residents of Crouch End, to the organisers of the forthcoming Festival, to the tenants of the rest of the site and to the readers of the Ham and High Broadway to remove this hazardous eyesore.
I look forward to a speedy resolution.
Adrian Essex

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