ELDERLY council tenants have had to wait for more than a year to move into a home that has won awards for being the ‘best place to live’.
Triscott House, in Avondale Drive, Hayes, was demolished in 2010 to make way for a new home with top-notch facilities and people were moved to other homes while the work was carried out.
One waiting tenant, a 93-year-old woman who has asked to remain anonymous for fear it will affect her housing entitlement, says she has been living out of boxes for the past year.
“I am really fed up with this situation. I just cannot settle.
“This is now making me ill.
“I just do not know what is happening. No one is telling me anything and my son cannot get any information from the council.
“It is past a joke.”
Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell wants an independent inquiry.
“The council has caused immense distress to many of my oldest and most vulnerable constituents and their families,” he said.
“People have been waiting now over a year to move into their new homes. What has made it much worse is that the council has broken promise after promise on the date they will be able to move in.”
The project, which cost more than £6million, was due to be completed in September 2011, but more than a year later, some people are still waiting.
Contractual issues between Hillingdon Council and the builders, and the requirement that design and quality standards be achieved before the property was handed over, have been blamed.
People were later given September 2012 as a moving in date but this also passed without everything resolved.
Jean Palmer, the council’s deputy chief executive, conceded the project had stalled, and said the remaining tenants will be able to move in from October 29.
Mr McDonnell said: “This is possibly the worst mismanagement of a council development in the history of Hillingdon Council.”
Triscott House has been touted as the borough’s flagship supported housing scheme for elderly people, and in January it was commended in the Best Place To Live category at the London Planning Awards.
■ Are you a Triscott House tenant, or a relative, who has been affected by the delays? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the news desk on 01895 451 000.