Tenants left to struggle as lift broken for months on Homerton’s Kingsmead Estate

Rivermead House on the Kingsmead Estate. Picture: Google

Rivermead House on the Kingsmead Estate. Picture: Google - Credit: Archant

Tenants on a problem-hit Homerton estate have been left with no lift in their block for months, leaving parents and elderly people to struggle up and down stairs.

The broken lift in Rivermead House.

The broken lift in Rivermead House. - Credit: Archant

Rivermead House on the Kingsmead Estate, owned by Sanctuary Housing, is home to families, people with mobility issues and the elderly.

But they’ve all had to walk up an down the stairs in the five-storey block for months now because the lift is broken.

New father Jack Fudali has lived in the block for nine years and said there was always problems with it, but this time it had gone on for so long he felt he had to act.

He told the Gazette: “We have a newborn baby and there are other young children in the block, as well as older people and people with mobility issues. People are stuck because they cannot use the stairs.

“My wife needs rest and she couldn’t go to the GP while I was away because of it. She had to wait for me to come back.”

Sanctuary said it had informed its contractor of the importance of fixing the lift, and that it hoped it would be repaired in the coming days.

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John Hanson, head of housing, said: “We apologise for the inconvenience that the broken down lift has caused and we share residents’ frustration at the time it has taken for the parts required to carry out the repairs to arrive.

“We are in regular contact with our specialist contractors to ensure they understand how important it is to restore the lift and they have advised us they expect work to be completed this week.”

Sanctuary has also come in for criticism from its tenants on Morningside Estate about broken lifts and an array of other problems.

After the Gazette reported on the host of issues there in May last year chiefs said they would bring forward major investment and fix all the lifts and door entry systems by April this year.

Meanwhile pregnant campaigner Buki Adesanya is having to carry her one-year-old up child and a buggy up and down the stairs in her block.