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Metal pole falls from Orchard Village building almost hitting a family-of-three

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 January 2015

Zoe and her children were coming home from school when a 10ft tall piece of metal edging fell from the third floor in front of them 
Zoe Allen, and Cllr Burton with the metal edging.

Zoe and her children were coming home from school when a 10ft tall piece of metal edging fell from the third floor in front of them Zoe Allen, and Cllr Burton with the metal edging.

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A mother-of-two feared for her children’s lives when a 10ft metal pole came crashing down at their feet.

Zoe Allen, 37, of Snowdrop Court, Orchard Village, Rainham, was on her way home after picking up her children from school, when the heavy object fell from the third floor of a block of flats.

The pole landed just inches from her and her two children, aged seven and nine.

She said: “I leapt out of my skin and my kids were so scared.

“I was in a state of shock and I still can’t get it out of my head that if we walked just that little bit quicker, we could have been seriously hurt.

“In my opinion, the building is not safe – someone needs to make sure these buildings are OK for us to walk nearby let alone live in.”

Orchard Village – formally the Mardyke Estate – was originally built in the 1960s.

In 2009 a regeneration programme to replace the buildings on the estate started and it was rebranded Orchard Village.

The work, which is still being carried out, will see more than 500 homes built.

The transformation has been funded by £80million from central government and £28million from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Cllr Michael Deon Burton (South Hornchurch, IRG) questioned the quality of workmanship at the estate and called on the management company to investigate.

Suki Jandu, managing director for Circle Housing Old Ford, who manage the estate, said: “We are sorry for the inconvenience and distress this has caused, and have contacted our resident to arrange to make the repair.

“Circle Housing Old Ford is committed to the ongoing regeneration of Orchard Village and the majority of residents are really positive about the work we do with them.”


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