Popham Estate: ‘Locked gate is blocking potential fire escape’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 05 March 2018

'Left adrift': Adelaide Guedes by the locked gate in the Popham Estate. Picture: Polly Hancock

'Left adrift': Adelaide Guedes by the locked gate in the Popham Estate. Picture: Polly Hancock


A tenant is at her wits’ end over a locked gate which she believes could be a vital fire exit.

Adelaide Guedes lives in the Popham Estate off New North Road. The outdoor gate was closed a couple of years ago.

She said: “If these flats catch fire, that should be one of the fire exits. Why would they lock something that was meant to be open anyway?

“People who live in these flats only have one route to access Popham Road. Everyone has been left adrift.”

Islington housing leader Cllr Diarmaid Ward explained: “We take the safety and security of people living on our estates very seriously. This gate was closed to stop non-residents from walking through the estate, after concerns about anti-social behaviour.

“We’re very happy to meet with this resident and discuss their concerns, and will contact them to set up a meeting.”

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