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Families take a fence’ at new divide on their estate

PUBLISHED: 14:27 18 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

TENANTS have clashed with housing directors over a fence which has suddenly appeared down the middle of their estate next to London’s Canary Wharf. The 4ft-high wrought iron structure was thrown up across The Quarterdeck shopping square on Millwall’s Barkantine housing estate, on the Isle of Dogs

Gemma Collins

TENANTS have clashed with housing directors over a fence which has suddenly appeared down the middle of their estate next to London’s Canary Wharf.

The 4ft-high wrought iron structure was thrown up across The Quarterdeck shopping square on Millwall’s Barkantine housing estate, on the Isle of Dogs.

The One Housing Group, which manages the former council estate, insists the fence is needed to stop tearaways on motorbikes riding onto The Quarterdeck from Westferry Road “terrorising” elderly shoppers.

But tenants claim they weren’t consulted over the fence and insist the housing directors have “once again exceeded their authority” in what is supposed to be a resident-led housing association.

Their power has been diminishing since One Housing took over Island Homes which runs Barkantine and three other estates on the Isle of Dogs.

It came to a head at the start of the year when they were fired from their housing association board.

A furious Tony Lane said: “This fence is a side-show—but is a very clear demonstration of the housing group’s disregard for our rights. It’s a very bad snub.”

One Housing, in a bid to mend fences with the tenant families, say concerns about the motorcyclists were raised with Tower Hamlets’ Community Safety team which paid for the structure out of its crime prevention budget.

Planning permission was not needed for the fence, it said, as Island Homes owns the land.

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