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Council reveals Ponders End Alma Estate rehousing strategy
People living in Alma Estate will find out today the order in which they will be rehoused to make way for the site's development.
Enfield Council sent letters to residents living in the 717 properties on the Ponders End estate confirming which blocks will be demolished first to make way for the £100million development.
The Enfield Independent understands people living in maisonettes in Alma Road and those living in the Kestrel House block will be rehoused first to make way for the first wave of council's redevelopment.
Those living in Cormorant House and Merlin house will be moved in the second phase, followed by Curlew House in the third phase.
Residents of properties in Napier Road, Scotland Green Road and Fairfield Close will be moved in the final stage.
The council plans to start the major regeneration project, which is expected to take approximately ten years to complete, from 2014.
The chairman of the Alma Estate Residents Association, Ricky Powell, is pleased work is starting to move people from the area.
He said: “We're pleased the process of moving people off the estate is starting and we're looking forward to working closely with the council to make sure residents have the information they require to answer any questions they may have.”
He said the association is determined to work with the local authority to meet the needs of residents and get the “best possible outcome” for everyone living on the estate.
However, the vice chairman of the Alma Estate Residents Association, Nigel Hassan, claims more consultation should have been provided as to the order of the rehousing process.
Enfield Council’s cabinet member for housing, Councillor Ahmet Oykener, said: “We are forging ahead with this historic development so we can get residents into alternative accommodation as quickly as possible.
“The redevelopment of the estate will significantly improve the area and the surrounding area and dramatically improve the quality of life of the families currently living on the estate.”
Cllr Oykener said the estate does not currently meet the “high standards” of accommodation Enfield’s council tenants expect and deserve.
He added: “Our challenge now is to make sure that we keep the estate in a good state of repair for the people who remain on the estate while ensuring the people who leave it earlier in the process move into high quality accommodation.”
The council aims to provide hundreds of new properties when the estate is redeveloped to help meet the demand for new housing in the area.