Three resolutions were put to the mass meeting of 200 residents called by the Barking Reach Residents Association on the 13 June 2019. They were discussed, amended and passed unanimously.
In this way, residents felt that they had a voice, and were able to collectively adopt through debate and discussion a set of demands that they all embraced. Demands that summarised both the immediate needs of teh Samuel Garside House residents and demands which enabled them and the wider estate to build a pathway back out of the insanity which had so suddenly surrounded and engulfed us all.
The resolutions were discussed line by line in a long process of assessment of the problems facing residents. One was unanimously amended when it was pointed out that the government was also to blame and had not been indicted by the resolution. The resolutions were then passed unanimously.
One key statement in the resolutions is this, from resolution one:
“That Bellway and the others involved in the construction, design and management of the estate were negligent because they failed to address their minds to the obvious risk from the wooden constructed balconies and cladding despite previous concerns raised by residents.”
The resolutions speak for themselves, and repay reading. The more wide ranging conclusions will be touched on in our conclusions.
Bellway Homes presented, or attempted to present, their case for removing the balconies and Barking Riverside Limited presented an overview of undertakings by Bellway to rectify the situation in consultation with and without cost to residents, which undertaking was distributed in letter form earlier that day. It can be concluded from the video that it was the fact that Ian Gorst refused to depart from his script so as to give the apologies and assurances that the residents demanded, that brought the interruptions and outbursts of anger which made it impossible for Mr Gorst to fully present the plans that Bellway had made.
Here are the three resolutions: