Neglect of south Islington estate makes Guinness Court a ‘burglar’s paradise’ – tenants

PUBLISHED: 07:31 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 07:31 19 April 2018

The Guinness Court estate in Lever Street. Picture: Trevor Hankins

The Guinness Court estate in Lever Street. Picture: Trevor Hankins


Frightened tenants in a south Islington estate say outdoor lighting failures are making it a “burglar’s paradise”.

People in the Guinness Court Estate, in Lever Street, have reported persistent problems for three months.

Trevor Hankins, the Residents’ Association chair of 25 years, said: “I don’t understand how such a simple job hasn’t been rectified.”

One block wasn’t lit for all of last weekend. “It’s a burglar’s paradise,” said 61-year old Trevor. “We’ve got NHS workers leaving early in the morning and there could be any opportunists lurking in the shadows. We have security, but it’s never 100 per cent.”

A spokesperson for Guinness Partnership, which runs the estate, said: “We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our customers. Two contractors have established the remaining issue has been with the lighting timers. These have now been replaced and will be securely positioned to ensure they can continue to operate.”

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