Praise for TV star’s controversial housing project

This Is Wiltshire: Praise for TV star’s controversial housing project Praise for TV star’s controversial housing project

A GRAND design which came under fire earlier this year is undergoing rapid improvement, according to a couple living there.

Louise Whichello and her boyfriend, Sam Read, both 20, moved into The Triangle when it opened last year and have spoken out in support of the 42-home project designed by TV personality Kevin McCloud.

In June, the Adver reported that residents at the Ferndale development had endured a rat infestation, damp and high energy bills.

But Louise said hundreds of pounds worth of work is being carried out to improve their home.

“The housing association looking after it are doing a lot of work on these houses. They are putting right the wrongs,” she said.

“Some people complained about the quality of the paintwork. The housing association have given everyone the option to have it redecorated or to have a B&Q card for £400 towards redecorating. They have re-done our kitchen worktops and flooring. The shed, which was coming apart, has also been re-done.

“They are giving us lots of options but only bad things are being reported in the press.”

The project prided itself on being eco-friendly, but residents said electricity bills soared, with one resident in June reporting that she was paying more than £150 a month.

Louise said: “It is a good place to live. If we have any problems we go to the housing association. The only problem we have had is the high electricity bills which they are sorting.

“They have refunded us some of the money and Ultra Warm are checking everyone’s systems.”

Louise said her first electricity bill, which was from July to October, was about £360.

Her last bill, which arrived in June, was £150. “It has halved. I don’t know about everyone else, but ours has gone down,” she said.

The Triangle was the first scheme launched by Haboakus – a joint venture between Kevin McCloud’s development company Hab and the housing association GreenSquare Mr McCloud was at the development this week to see the work that is being carried and to meet residents and the project team.

Vic O’Brien, GreenSquare’s development director, said: “GreenSquare took over responsibility from construction contractor Willmott Dixon for day to day maintenance issues and any non-structural defects at The Triangle earlier this year, and since then our tradespeople have continued to carry out this work.

“We very much regret that residents have had to bear the brunt of these problems and it remains a priority for all parties to ensure that these are resolved as quickly as possible and that residents are fully satisfied when the work's completed.

“Really good progress is being made with this and work has been completed at many properties with positive feedback from the residents affected. We are confident that the vast majority of the remaining work will be completed by the end of September.”

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10:46am Sat 1 Sep 12

HadMySay says...

It's really good to see a positive article for once!

It is a shame that the community Residents Association have had to fight relentlessly for this work to happen. However, it is happening now and is starting to make a big difference for the residents.
It's really good to see a positive article for once! It is a shame that the community Residents Association have had to fight relentlessly for this work to happen. However, it is happening now and is starting to make a big difference for the residents. HadMySay
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10:55am Sat 1 Sep 12

Robh says...

Most cowboy builders work in the new build sector.
Most cowboy builders work in the new build sector. Robh
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11:05am Sat 1 Sep 12

Worked Hard says...

you'll find its the " gimme gimme gimme " benefits pay for me to live and everything crew that just moan ! good to see someone with something positive to say !
you'll find its the " gimme gimme gimme " benefits pay for me to live and everything crew that just moan ! good to see someone with something positive to say ! Worked Hard
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11:27am Sat 1 Sep 12

greenpacer says...

They look like a load of shacks. What do you expect? Quick to construct without any proper thought put into the project.
They look like a load of shacks. What do you expect? Quick to construct without any proper thought put into the project. greenpacer
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12:19pm Sat 1 Sep 12

SockPuppet says...

Heels have been dragged but as a resident I'm a lot happier now the work is finally being done to complete this project. Has to be the best place I have ever chosen to live at.
We can now enjoy the place as intended :)
As for the benefits comment from 'Worked Hard' you really don't know what you are talking about. As far as I'm aware just about everyone here works. All we have ever asked for is the completed homes that were offered and as the article states this is well on its way :)
Heels have been dragged but as a resident I'm a lot happier now the work is finally being done to complete this project. Has to be the best place I have ever chosen to live at. We can now enjoy the place as intended :) As for the benefits comment from 'Worked Hard' you really don't know what you are talking about. As far as I'm aware just about everyone here works. All we have ever asked for is the completed homes that were offered and as the article states this is well on its way :) SockPuppet
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12:58pm Sat 1 Sep 12

house on the hill says...

must be embarrassing for the developer though with his supposed reputation.
must be embarrassing for the developer though with his supposed reputation. house on the hill
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2:11pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Worked Hard says...

yeah right !
yeah right ! Worked Hard
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2:49pm Sat 1 Sep 12

SockPuppet says...

I see by your rebuttal is as interesting and considered as your opinion....alternati
vely as ignorant as most bigots.
I see by your rebuttal is as interesting and considered as your opinion....alternati vely as ignorant as most bigots. SockPuppet
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4:59pm Sat 1 Sep 12

Worked Hard says...

glad you like it!
glad you like it! Worked Hard
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12:18am Sun 2 Sep 12

The Fibbing Bar Tender says...

I moved there from South Marston.
It's the best place I've ever lived.
I'm hoping to meet Sir Kevin to thank him personally for his brilliance.
I moved there from South Marston. It's the best place I've ever lived. I'm hoping to meet Sir Kevin to thank him personally for his brilliance. The Fibbing Bar Tender
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7:29am Sun 2 Sep 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Quote "But Louise said hundreds of pounds worth of work is being carried out to improve their home. "

Hmmmm, So the house was either not built properly or not completed.

Quote "“Some people complained about the quality of the paintwork. The housing association have given everyone the option to have it redecorated or to have a B&Q card for £400 towards redecorating. They have re-done our kitchen worktops and flooring. The shed, which was coming apart, has also been re-done."

Hardly acceptable quality was it. These aren't minor teething issues. I wonder what the amount spent per home actually is fixing all these issues.

They may well be nice houses, it may well be a nice place to live, but if the quality isn't there at the start the chances are it never will be. I suspect that over the next few years, we'll see more and more stories about how things are not right or failing.
Quote "But Louise said hundreds of pounds worth of work is being carried out to improve their home. " Hmmmm, So the house was either not built properly or not completed. Quote "“Some people complained about the quality of the paintwork. The housing association have given everyone the option to have it redecorated or to have a B&Q card for £400 towards redecorating. They have re-done our kitchen worktops and flooring. The shed, which was coming apart, has also been re-done." Hardly acceptable quality was it. These aren't minor teething issues. I wonder what the amount spent per home actually is fixing all these issues. They may well be nice houses, it may well be a nice place to live, but if the quality isn't there at the start the chances are it never will be. I suspect that over the next few years, we'll see more and more stories about how things are not right or failing. LordAshOfTheBrake
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7:29am Sun 2 Sep 12

Bimbosforjustice says...

This is a great article and well done to this young lady for coming forward.

It's a shame we don't have the other development planned for the Pickards site. The likes of 'Councillor' Des Moffatt have out a stop to that. Intent on keeping this town in 1974 we must endure an empty wasteland instead.

The bottom line is we need these houses. These sorts of houses. By Moffatt objecting all he does is move the problem elsewhere... To green field sites expanding the town further.

A real shame Moffatt. A real shame
This is a great article and well done to this young lady for coming forward. It's a shame we don't have the other development planned for the Pickards site. The likes of 'Councillor' Des Moffatt have out a stop to that. Intent on keeping this town in 1974 we must endure an empty wasteland instead. The bottom line is we need these houses. These sorts of houses. By Moffatt objecting all he does is move the problem elsewhere... To green field sites expanding the town further. A real shame Moffatt. A real shame Bimbosforjustice
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8:14am Sun 2 Sep 12

eucalyptus says...

Indeed, a real shame. No more should this town expand into the countryside. It's time to consolidate the urban area - infill and build up!
Indeed, a real shame. No more should this town expand into the countryside. It's time to consolidate the urban area - infill and build up! eucalyptus
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10:17am Sun 2 Sep 12

The Fibbing Bar Tender says...

Good idea.
We could furnish it with love
Good idea. We could furnish it with love The Fibbing Bar Tender
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10:32am Sun 2 Sep 12

Ringer says...

Is it really a 'positive' story to have a resident come along and say everything was built badly but it's OK because somebody, somewhere is now throwing money at the problems?
Is it really a 'positive' story to have a resident come along and say everything was built badly but it's OK because somebody, somewhere is now throwing money at the problems? Ringer
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11:30am Sun 2 Sep 12

fedupagain says...

Shame this houses were not the 'great way forward' some z list celebrity promised. No sign of him now things are wrong - what a surprise!

It is a pity that have the problems caused for surrounding properties have not been resolved as swiftly and that the access road to the four bed properties and surrounding garages is still waiting to be restored to its former standard.

Is Councillor Moffatt so wrong for wanting to stop such a fiasco happening in other parts of Swindon? - I and many more think not!
Shame this houses were not the 'great way forward' some z list celebrity promised. No sign of him now things are wrong - what a surprise! It is a pity that have the problems caused for surrounding properties have not been resolved as swiftly and that the access road to the four bed properties and surrounding garages is still waiting to be restored to its former standard. Is Councillor Moffatt so wrong for wanting to stop such a fiasco happening in other parts of Swindon? - I and many more think not! fedupagain
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12:51pm Sun 2 Sep 12

swindon_mini says...

"Louise said her first electricity bill, which was from July to October, was about £360.

Her last bill, which arrived in June, was £150. “It has halved. I don’t know about everyone else, but ours has gone down,” she said."

Thats funny, my June Bill is normally half of my October Bill as well. Might be something to do with the weather? lol
"Louise said her first electricity bill, which was from July to October, was about £360. Her last bill, which arrived in June, was £150. “It has halved. I don’t know about everyone else, but ours has gone down,” she said." Thats funny, my June Bill is normally half of my October Bill as well. Might be something to do with the weather? lol swindon_mini
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2:40pm Sun 2 Sep 12

HadMySay says...

fedupagain wrote:
Shame this houses were not the 'great way forward' some z list celebrity promised. No sign of him now things are wrong - what a surprise!

It is a pity that have the problems caused for surrounding properties have not been resolved as swiftly and that the access road to the four bed properties and surrounding garages is still waiting to be restored to its former standard.

Is Councillor Moffatt so wrong for wanting to stop such a fiasco happening in other parts of Swindon? - I and many more think not!
Actually, HAB and Kevin are still very much involved and seen here quite frequently.

As for Moffatt, It's a shame he is an airy fairy idealist and not a realist. I think he will struggle to get any votes from our community after he's so openly objected to us being here.
[quote][p][bold]fedupagain[/bold] wrote: Shame this houses were not the 'great way forward' some z list celebrity promised. No sign of him now things are wrong - what a surprise! It is a pity that have the problems caused for surrounding properties have not been resolved as swiftly and that the access road to the four bed properties and surrounding garages is still waiting to be restored to its former standard. Is Councillor Moffatt so wrong for wanting to stop such a fiasco happening in other parts of Swindon? - I and many more think not![/p][/quote]Actually, HAB and Kevin are still very much involved and seen here quite frequently. As for Moffatt, It's a shame he is an airy fairy idealist and not a realist. I think he will struggle to get any votes from our community after he's so openly objected to us being here. HadMySay
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2:40pm Sun 2 Sep 12

HadMySay says...

fedupagain wrote:
Shame this houses were not the 'great way forward' some z list celebrity promised. No sign of him now things are wrong - what a surprise!

It is a pity that have the problems caused for surrounding properties have not been resolved as swiftly and that the access road to the four bed properties and surrounding garages is still waiting to be restored to its former standard.

Is Councillor Moffatt so wrong for wanting to stop such a fiasco happening in other parts of Swindon? - I and many more think not!
Actually, HAB and Kevin are still very much involved and seen here quite frequently.

As for Moffatt, It's a shame he is an airy fairy idealist and not a realist. I think he will struggle to get any votes from our community after he's so openly objected to us being here.
[quote][p][bold]fedupagain[/bold] wrote: Shame this houses were not the 'great way forward' some z list celebrity promised. No sign of him now things are wrong - what a surprise! It is a pity that have the problems caused for surrounding properties have not been resolved as swiftly and that the access road to the four bed properties and surrounding garages is still waiting to be restored to its former standard. Is Councillor Moffatt so wrong for wanting to stop such a fiasco happening in other parts of Swindon? - I and many more think not![/p][/quote]Actually, HAB and Kevin are still very much involved and seen here quite frequently. As for Moffatt, It's a shame he is an airy fairy idealist and not a realist. I think he will struggle to get any votes from our community after he's so openly objected to us being here. HadMySay
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8:56pm Sun 2 Sep 12

Constant81 says...

Fedupagain, what problems is you're experiencing? I would say that denying 240 people affordable housing is hardly something to celebrate, I think it's something that we should, infact be saddened about. There is an urgent need for low cost housing or a generation of people are looking at being stuck in near poverty traps as they grow older. Just because there have been problems with one site it doesn't mean there will be with another. I'd be interested to hear what problems it is you feel need dealing with swiftly.
Fedupagain, what problems is you're experiencing? I would say that denying 240 people affordable housing is hardly something to celebrate, I think it's something that we should, infact be saddened about. There is an urgent need for low cost housing or a generation of people are looking at being stuck in near poverty traps as they grow older. Just because there have been problems with one site it doesn't mean there will be with another. I'd be interested to hear what problems it is you feel need dealing with swiftly. Constant81
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9:05pm Sun 2 Sep 12

Worked Hard says...

ever heard of snagging before you move in? when i moved i didnt moan when I found probs after being there for 12 months.... just fixed it... but then im not used to someone else sorting my problems..... as is the norm these days
ever heard of snagging before you move in? when i moved i didnt moan when I found probs after being there for 12 months.... just fixed it... but then im not used to someone else sorting my problems..... as is the norm these days Worked Hard
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9:17pm Sun 2 Sep 12

Constant81 says...

Worked hard there's a difference between 'snagging' which is movement cracks, and so on, to the builders forgetting to secure your chimney to your house, forgetting to glue the stairs to the wall, accidentally fitting a floor that was too thick to allow your underfloor heating to work, worktops that faded into patches after less than 12 months, back doors and windows falling off their hinges, washing machine plumbing ne'er being installed, banning residents from touching their heating systems and not teaching them how to work them, forgetting to install off switches for the outside lights, and driveways peeling up! Residents have been fighting for months just to get basic things fixed. It's not just the odd crack that is causing upset is it?!?!?!
Worked hard there's a difference between 'snagging' which is movement cracks, and so on, to the builders forgetting to secure your chimney to your house, forgetting to glue the stairs to the wall, accidentally fitting a floor that was too thick to allow your underfloor heating to work, worktops that faded into patches after less than 12 months, back doors and windows falling off their hinges, washing machine plumbing ne'er being installed, banning residents from touching their heating systems and not teaching them how to work them, forgetting to install off switches for the outside lights, and driveways peeling up! Residents have been fighting for months just to get basic things fixed. It's not just the odd crack that is causing upset is it?!?!?! Constant81
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9:19pm Sun 2 Sep 12

Constant81 says...

And also just to highlight that the snagging problems you fixed yourself should legally have been been fixed by the company that built your house, or you could potentially find that your ten year building guarantee and your building and contents insurance are potentially invalid, I suggest you go and check your small print.
And also just to highlight that the snagging problems you fixed yourself should legally have been been fixed by the company that built your house, or you could potentially find that your ten year building guarantee and your building and contents insurance are potentially invalid, I suggest you go and check your small print. Constant81
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8:15am Mon 3 Sep 12

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

@Constant81, some of those issues are major building defects.

Did the building inspectors sign the houses off?

In my experience you normally use a bit more than glue to secure a staircase, so if that is how they fixed the stairs, I'd be really concerned!
@Constant81, some of those issues are major building defects. Did the building inspectors sign the houses off? In my experience you normally use a bit more than glue to secure a staircase, so if that is how they fixed the stairs, I'd be really concerned! LordAshOfTheBrake
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8:59am Mon 3 Sep 12

Constant81 says...

I should have used the work secure, you're right they didn't get the prittstick out to fix it! :-)
I should have used the work secure, you're right they didn't get the prittstick out to fix it! :-) Constant81
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11:14am Mon 3 Sep 12

Robh says...

When I moved into a new house 15 years ago I found many problems where the sub contractors simply didn't do the work as specified. Plumbing was the main problem where the contractor had not used the genuine products specified and did little tricks like not using enough protection in heating sytem and not balancing the radiators.

We even had to have the house re-roofed because the roofer did not have the necessary training. In general the buildng was specified correctly but the sub-contractors were eiher not skilled enough or simply cowboys not doing the job correctly to save money.

I think this development had suffered the same problems of poor workmanship by either unskilled labour or tradesmen who simply didn't do the job properly.
When I moved into a new house 15 years ago I found many problems where the sub contractors simply didn't do the work as specified. Plumbing was the main problem where the contractor had not used the genuine products specified and did little tricks like not using enough protection in heating sytem and not balancing the radiators. We even had to have the house re-roofed because the roofer did not have the necessary training. In general the buildng was specified correctly but the sub-contractors were eiher not skilled enough or simply cowboys not doing the job correctly to save money. I think this development had suffered the same problems of poor workmanship by either unskilled labour or tradesmen who simply didn't do the job properly. Robh
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