Gerda Doors update

For the last six months (or more) we have been chasing Hackney Council about the Gerda door instillation programe on Lockner. You can see some background information on our previous post – click here .

Hackney Council, despite heroic efforts from our excellent estate manager, have still not clarified the situation; do we HAVE to have the doors installed? Who pays for them? Is there a time schedule? One leaseholder reports being told on the telephone that she can simply say no to the instillation.

In the meantime, we have heard from Phillip Glanville, the Mayor of Hackney (with help from Cllr Peters), that the Gerda door instillation programe has now been stopped in Hackney Council properties – see email below.

So – the bottom line appears to be that you don’t have to have a door installed if you don’t want to. If you do go ahead and you are a leaseholder, it is still not clear who will pay for it, even if it appears that the council have previously insisted on it…

Minutes from tonights meeting to follow.

From: Mayor <Mayor@Hackney.gov.uk<mailto:Mayor@Hackney.gov.uk>>
Date: 8 September 2017 at 17:03:48 BST
To: “James Peters (Cllr)” <James.Peters@Hackney.gov.uk<mailto:James.Peters@Hackney.gov.uk>>
Subject: Gerda doors

Dear James

Gerda doors

Thank you for your email which was received on 17 June 2017. I am sorry to hear of the concerns of Lockner Estate residents about the ability of the Council and emergency services to quickly gain access through Gerda-manufactured doors in the event of an emergency. I apologise for the delay in responding.

As you are aware, concerns about Gerda doors, specifically in relation to the durability of their finish, date back many years and the Council has tried to proactively work with Gerda to resolve these issues since 2006.

In terms of access, when I wrote to you in November 2015, I explained that six approved carpenters had been trained in accessing properties with Gerda doors, and that during their training, Gerda provide delegates with the skills to get past the specialist locks. While I appreciate that there have, understandably, been concerns around the doors, I have been assured that training was provided to the emergency services within the borough, to demonstrate how the doors can be forced in an emergency. This was done almost as soon as the doors were fitted.

Housing Services have confirmed that the DLOs operate a 24/7 service and are trained in how to force entry. DLOs are available when needed and more than happy to help in these circumstances. Further, I am pleased to be able to confirm that they continue to run workshops for local emergency services to ensure that this skill is maintained.

However, as I suggested in my previous response, the Council has recently discontinued the purchase of Gerda doors and opted instead for multi-point locking composite doors. While there are still some Gerda doors in stock that may be fitted, the Council will not be ordering any more. This does not, however, reflect a lack of faith in Gerda doors, in terms of being able to gain access in an emergency.

I hope that this response is helpful and if you or the Lockner TRA want to discuss this further, please do come back to me or Cllr McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services.

Yours sincerely

Philip Glanville
Mayor of Hackney

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