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Housing chair backs calls for social housing to be replaced in Daleham Gardens after fire

PUBLISHED: 14:18 26 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:53 26 October 2018

Scaffolding props up 31 Daleham Gardens in the months after the fire

Scaffolding props up 31 Daleham Gardens in the months after the fire

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The chair of Camden’s housing committee has urged bosses to replace social housing destroyed in the fire at 31 Daleham Gardens.

The Daleham Gardens fire in the early hours Tuesday morningThe Daleham Gardens fire in the early hours Tuesday morning

The recommendation at the meeting last night, by chair of the housing scrutiny committee Cllr Douglas Beattie, came after a deputation by Rebecca Shirazi.

She, along with Frognal and Fitzjohns councillor Andrew Parkinson, has called for the three units at the site to be replaced.

The building was all but destroyed in a fire on November 21 last year. Magdalena Fink, a paralegal from Germany, died in the blaze.

Ms Shirazi said Frognal and Fitzjohns, the ward where the fire took place, has the lowest amount of social housing in Camden. It has had the borough’s sharpest decline in social housing in the last decade, according to Cllr Parkinson.

Responding to her address, Cllr Beattie said: “I heartily see the point you’re making. I don’t think a decision has yet been made, but my instinct is that we should make the recommendation to the cabinet member for better homes, Meric Apak, to say we should look at this again, so we can replace the housing like-for-like, if it is economically viable.”

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