Merton Council is working with residents on the High Path Estate to install new hot water and heating systems in three of the main buildings with as much speed as possible following an unforeseen incident last week.
Adverse weather conditions and strong winds on Wednesday 4 March led to a problem with the heating and hot water supply. Investigations following the incident revealed substantial deterioration to each of the communal flues, rendering them unserviceable.
As a precautionary measure, council officers took immediate safety action and capped off the gas supply to the heating and hot water to May Court, Marsh Court and Hudson Court and provided each household with temporary electric heating.
The council will now install individual, new heating and hot water systems, which will provide a boiler and radiators for all homes, including leasehold, that were connected to the communal flue, without cost. Residents can expect the new heating systems to be more efficient, cheaper to run and to generate more warmth in winter.
It is anticipated that the work will take around two and a half days per home. By taking on extra resources approximately 30 homes per week will benefit from the new installations. Priority installations will be given to older and vulnerable people as well as families with small children.
Councillor Linda Scott, cabinet member for housing, adult care and health says at Merton Council says: “We have been making contact with any vulnerable tenants and those with special needs to provide them with the option of alternative temporary accommodation, if they need it. Each household will continue to be supplied with electric heating and we are in the process of supplying temporary shower facilities for each block.
‘We want to thank all the residents at High Path for their patience during this time. We are doing everything we can to ensure that new heating and hot water systems are installed in each home as soon as possible.”
Affected residents who have any queries should call 020 8545 4461.