Recording of the Granville New Homes item at Cabinet this morning.
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Deputy Leader of Brent Coucil and lead on Finance, told colleagues at today's Brent Council Cabinet that the poor build of the Granville New Homes back in 2009 would not happen today because the council has improved robust procurement procedures in place and the present council would not tolerate such poor workmanship.
McLennan did not directly address the fact that the project was built by Higgins who are currently building for the council in Stonebridge, but at the same time said that the recommendations from Scrutiny were 'pertinent and valid' and would ensure that such an issue would not occur again. LINK
However Scrutiny's recommendations were not put to a formal Cabinet vote so their status is unclear.
Cabinet agreed to transfer 84 social housing units to the Housing Revenue Account and 25 intermediate units to i4B and refinance the debt after consultation with those residents involved. Details of the consultation were not given, nor consideration of what would happen if they did not agree with the option the council put forward.
Cllr McLennan said that financial issues aside the first and foremost concern of the Council was to make sure tenants were safe.
It is worth noting that in 2019 in a guest post on Wembley Matters, Pete Firmin raised issues about building quality in another South Kilburn development LINK illustrated with this photograph.