Our report from Crest Nicholson’s 2024 AGM

On 19th March 2024, we attended Crest Nicholson’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at their offices in Surrey, to ask the board of directors about their progress remediating unsafe buildings. We attended as ShareAction’s shareholder representative and would like to thank them for their ongoing support for our campaign.

Unfortunately, the encounter did not leave us assured that Crest Nicholson are acting with urgency to fix buildings, or that the company understands the enormous impact on leaseholders and residents living in their unsafe homes. 

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Developer update: Fairview, Avant, Vistry, Crest Nicholson and Lendlease

At the time of writing, 55 developers have signed the developer remediation contract and over the last few months, we have asked several participant developers to meet with us to discuss the progress of their remediation programme. As Michael Gove noted in his recent tweet, we are engaging with the Secretary of State and his Department to share feedback about companies that are delaying making homes safe and any significant concerns for leaseholders and residents. 

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Our Meeting with Telford Homes – January 2024

On 25th January, we met with Telford Homes to discuss the company’s building safety remediation programme. The London-centric developer has 148 relevant buildings (over 11 metres in height) and around 15,000 homes in its portfolio, ranking it as the 7th largest to sign the Government’s developer contract in terms of the volume of buildings in scope.

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Our Meeting with Redrow – December 2023

After recently attending Redrow’s 2023 AGM, we arranged a follow-up meeting on 5th December to discuss the company’s building safety remediation programme in more depth. We met with Tim Stone, Regional Chief Executive with accountability for building safety, and Richard Keogh, Special Projects Director with day-to-day responsibility for the remediation programme.

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Our meeting with Michael Gove

We met with Housing Secretary Michael Gove on 11th January – this was our fourth meeting with him since his September 2021 appointment and the first since his return to the role in late October 2022.

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Another 5-7 years until all Barratt buildings are made safe: Report from Barratt’s October 2022 AGM

Companies use Annual General Meetings (AGMs) to show shareholders how well the Directors are running the company. With the right planning, and access to company shares, they are a good opportunity for campaigners to raise issues with key decision-makers.

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Mayor of London responds to our ‘Dereliction of Duty’ report

We met with the Deputy Mayor of London, Tom Copley, this summer, to discuss our ‘Dereliction of Duty’ report published earlier this year. The report explains how housing associations failed their leaseholders and shared owners trapped in the building safety crisis. During the meeting we also discussed a range of urgent issues – more on this soon.

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Report on our 3 August meeting with Housing Secretary Greg Clark

We would like to thank the new Secretary of State for Housing, Greg Clark, for meeting us to listen to the stories of ordinary people trapped in the building safety crisis. Mr Clark told us that he considers this scandal to be the most important issue facing his department today, and one that he is determined to solve. Last week, a construction industry source suggested that finalising contracts should be delayed until a new prime minister is in place. However, Mr Clark has told us that the Government will accelerate policies put forward by his predecessor, Michael Gove, and that there will be no ‘treading water’.

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Additional £27m to fund alarms in buildings with Waking Watch

We welcome the news that there will be an additional £27m to fund alarms in buildings where a Waking Watch is in place, and that funding is finally to be extended to help innocent leaseholders in buildings below 18m and with non-cladding defects.

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