Catalogue of failures prompts Folkestone and Hythe, Canterbury, Dover and Thanet councils to sack East Kent Housing board

Contributed by editor on Dec 13, 2019 - 01:00 PM


A comprehensive report into why problems with health and safety arose at some properties managed by East Kent Housing (EKH) has prompted swift and decisive action by four east Kent councils.

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The detailed report by independent housing experts Pennington Choices was commissioned by Canterbury City Council, Dover District Council, Folkestone & Hythe Council and Thanet District Council after problems were discovered with gas safety checks, water hygiene checks, electrical checks and fire safety checks at a small number of council homes managed by EKH on their behalf.

Because of the report’s conclusions, the four councils yesterday (Thursday 12 December) dismissed the board at EKH and took direct control of the organisation.

In a statement, the Chief Executives of the four councils said: “After reading the conclusions reached by the independent experts into what went wrong at EKH, we had no choice but to take swift and decisive action to take direct control of the organisation, along with its hard-working and committed staff, to ensure any outstanding health and safety checks are completed and any faults found are tackled as a matter of urgency.

“While significant progress has been made on tackling health and safety issues and gas safety checks are now up to date, the new board will be better placed to direct resources to tackle the issues raised.”

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