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Roding councillors, backed by Orchard residents, have successfully challenged the Council’s fuel charge proposals for the Orchard Estate, and won residents a better deal. Orchard tenants and leaseholders living in the tower blocks are due a big reduction in fuel charges, now that the major energy saving project is completed.  The Council’s initial proposal was […]

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Shelter knows that one in 13 people in Greater London fear they won’t be able to afford to pay the rent or mortgage at the end of this month. Yet many people in this situation would feel too ashamed to ask for help. Shelter’s helpline 0808 800 4444 receives too many calls from people in desperation, […]

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Fire at Liston Way

by ianbond on 1 September, 2013

Yesterday a major fire took place on the 10th & 11th floors of Liston Way.  The smoke coming from the top of Liston Way was spotted by Cllr Felicity Banks’s mayoral driver as she was travelling home from opening the South View Drive traffic lights (see story below), and they acted quickly with the Chair of […]

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Blenheim Court incident

by gwynethdeakins on 13 February, 2013

Electricity was cut off in Blenheim Court, Orchard Estate this morning when a component in some pipework failed and electric wiring and fuses were endangered by water. The pipe had been installed as part of the ongoing energy-saving project in the estate. It is expected that it will be possible for the power supply to be switched […]

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Orchard: new dates for Eco-pod installation

by gwynethdeakins on 1 December, 2012

The installation of the Eco-pods on the tower blocks on the Orchard Estate has been slightly delayed – it is now due to take place between 11 and 19 December, with Coopersale Close being done on 10 January – weather permitting, of course. Painting of the site hoarding by local children is being organised for the […]

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Orchard colours chosen

by gwynethdeakins on 20 November, 2012

Residents in the blocks on the Orchard Estate have voted for the colour schemes they prefer, to be installed on their blocks with the new cladding as part of the CESP energy efficiency project.  They are as follows: – Blenheim – medium and light blue – Lambourne – light green and light grey – Sunset […]

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Orchard Estate chooses colours

by gwynethdeakins on 22 October, 2012

The project to install a new heating and energy saving system in the Orchard Estate is progressing well. Soon, residents will be asked to choose which colour scheme they would prefer for the new cladding on the outside of their blocks.  Possible choices include (subtle) shades of blue, green and red. Scaffolding is going up […]

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Orchard energy-saving project gets underway!

by ianbond on 28 September, 2012

The multi-£million upgrade of the Orchard Estate, which we’ve been working for this year (see our April story HERE), is now underway with the scaffolding going up on some of the tower blocks.  The project will deliver new cladding for the estate’s blocks, new windows, and a new state-of-the-art gas central heating system.  The Council has […]

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Your councillors are working with the Council and the Orchard Residents’ Association to try and land a major energy efficiency scheme for the Orchard Estate. If we get the go ahead, this would deliver big energy saving improvements for the estate:  new windows for the tower flats and the maisonettes, better insulation including new cladding […]

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