Published On: 4th August 2019

Residents of Brimstone House formed a powerful deputation to the Mayor Rokhsana Fiaz and the full Labour council meeting at Stratford Town Hall on Monday 15 July 2019.a

The deputation to a submission of a legal complaint, compiled with the Public Interest Law Centre supported by Focus E15 campaign, regarding the appalling conditions of the temporary and emergency accommodation in the Newham Council-owned building in Victoria Street, Brimstone House.

The compliant has been sent to every member of Newham Council and demands immediate action to remedy unsuitable housing conditions and to stop the length of time that people spend in temporary accommodation in  many with young children. The accommodation is not overcrowded, but is in disrepair and the atmosphere many residents say is like a jail. Residents of Brimstone House are often told they will stay for 3-6 months, however the average length of stay is 1.5 years.

The legal complaint compiled by PILC, with the active assistance of Focus E15 campaigners and volunteers from the UCL Legal Advice Clinic is comprised of in-depth witness statements from 19 residents, an architectural report on the suitability of the building, recommendations from residents and Focus E15 Housing Campaign on what needs to be done in the short term, but also long term strategic policies and campaigns.

More information about the deputation and the ongoing campaign can be found here

The residents and campaigners are due to meet with the Mayor of Newham on Tuesday 6th August 2019 to further press their demands.