Housing firm bosses grilled by councillor after woes at new Portsmouth flats
BOSSES at an under-fire housing association have been grilled by councillor overÂ problems at new block of flats.
Senior leaders within Vivid met with Hilsea councillor Scott Harris afterÂ a number of complaints by residents at Southdown View.
As previously reported by The News, residents launched a petition amid security and safety concerns within the block.
They claimed rats were infesting the flat complex, a ground floor security doorÂ was left broken and that dangerous cladding had not been replaced.
Vivid has since fixed the security door and said the building is not a fire risk.
However, the fears prompted Councillor Harris to speak to Vivid's chief executive about the issue.
Cllr Harris said: '˜Residents have contacted me regarding their concerns and I am hopefully going to set up a meeting with Vivid in the near future.
'˜However, issues such as the rat problem is being treated, but it is much more complicated than first thought due to the way the bin shed is operated.
'˜I have been reassured the building is safe from fire safety point of view with checks completed by the fire service and a contractor has been finally appointed to carry out the recladding works. A timescale for these works is still unclear.'
Residents had been promised the cladding would be replaced towards the end of 2017.