Housing firm bosses grilled by councillor after woes at new Portsmouth flats

Residents at Southdown View have banded together in protest of the condition at the flats
Residents at Southdown View have banded together in protest of the condition at the flats
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BOSSES at an under-fire housing association have been grilled by councillor over problems at new block of flats.

Senior leaders within Vivid met with Hilsea councillor Scott Harris after 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 door 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.