We the people whom are managed by A2Dominion housing association are fed up to the hind teeth with the total lack of customer care and management from A2Dominion. We want people who are being dealt a bad life and whose lives are being destroyed by this company to sign this petition and back us so we can bring this severely mismanaged company to heel. Ultimately we want A2Dominion brought under a national inquiry into their conduct.
One ‘affordable’ housing block, Woods House, built and managed by A2 Dominion in Victoria, a building erected in the shadow of a much plusher private block boasting units that feature balconies — balconies that weren’t included for tenants of Woods House in case they were used for ‘unsightly storage’ purposes – are all what is referred to as “single aspect”.
“Single aspect” is a design ‘feature’ which, according to the Mayor of London’s Interim London Housing Design Guide [PDF], is the least preferred option for use in London builds.
In single aspect dwellings with more than two bedrooms, it is difficult to achieve adequate ventilation and daylight to all rooms in an efficient plan layout which avoids long internal corridors. Even where this is possible, the outlook will lack variety and many ancillary spaces will be internal.
“MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherds Bush, Andy Slaughter, commented in the local press: “I have always had concerns about the Bromyard house development and their supposedly affordable housing policy. The housing association deliberately seems to be dressing something up as ‘affordable’ which it isn’t and people who are desperate to find homes think these are affordable. People are struggling financially and service charges need to be renegotiated; housing associations have an obligation to tenants and leaseholders for those on moderate means.”
“I think A2 Dominion has a long way to go to build proper confidence and actually see communication being more effective with MPs and with the community. Its representatives said they would look at how to achieve that. From what the other MPs were saying, it needs to do better when it comes to delivering on its commitments. We’ve had a lot of negative feedback from people living within A2 Dominion properties. The issues raised within my constituency have been about the speed of tackling neighbourhood issues and problems with the quality of the properties.”
“It seems to me a strange logic that increases rents to levels that many people cannot afford to finance the building of new homes that are also unaffordable. Is this the way to solve the housing crises? The government claim its affordable homes programme is a success and it was justified in cutting current and future investment in housing. It can only do this because housing association have collaborated in a programme that has increased rents in some areas to levels that many ordinary working people can no longer afford. This is not my definition of success.”