Residents living on a Croydon estate that’s plagued by constant leaks and mould have said they are in favour of it being pulled down, even if it means uprooting them.

A ballot on whether to demolish flats on the Regina Road estate in South Norwood is being conducted, two years after shocking conditions, including huge leaks and mouldy properties, were first exposed.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service visited the estate and spoke to tenants and leaseholders in the flats as well as a homeowner in the wider area to get a sense of how they are feeling about it.

All those that we spoke to on the day were in favour of the blocks being demolished, including one person who said was not sure she would have the money to stay in the area – they just wanted out.

Kingomzila Ludiambele has lived in the block which was worst affected by damp and mould for 15 years.

He said: “I have had problems many times with water leaking through my bedroom and bathroom. They tried to fix it but they can’t – however many repairs they do it doesn’t work.

“These buildings aren’t good any more, they have to demolish them and build new ones. They ask us to choose whether to come back but if the place I go to is fine I would stay there.

"Many flats are empty now because of the problems. It was terrible.”

A 60-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, said she was “disgusted” when she saw some of the conditions that were broadcast two years ago but she has been dealing with those issues for even longer.

She said: “I have lived here for four years and it has been damp and mouldy. I don’t think they have done enough. I think they should demolish the flats.”

Residents are currently being asked whether or not they are in favour of the demolition and a rebuild of the homes in a specified boundary in Regina Road.

This includes demolishing three 11-storey tower blocks and other neighbouring low rise blocks built in the 1960s.

Jeavon Leopold, 42, owns his home close to the blocks that could soon be demolished. 

He is in favour of the redevelopment but said he is in the dark about how the works will impact those left in the road.

He said: “I know the people who live in the flats have had terrible problems. I think we should be consulted too, our houses will be surrounded, God only knows how the construction would work but I would think there would have to be some sort of compensation scheme.”

Mr Leopold added that he hopes the new plans would include re-providing a basketball court.

He said: “It is so well used, whatever they do they need to re-provide it, there’s not that many places for kids to go these days.”

Tenants who wish to return to the estate if it is rebuilt would be guaranteed a home at social rent.

Tenants could also be eligible for a currently £7,800 disturbance payment to cover the costs of moving home.

Leaseholders and freeholders on the estate will have the option for the council to buy their homes at the “agreed market value”.

In cases where the market value of a leaseholder’s property is less than the market value a shared equity option could be possible.

Kwame Edusei is a leaseholder in one of the lower rise flats that are included in the plans.

He has lived in Regina Road with his family since 2012 and said he “a thousand per cent” supports the plans to demolish the estate.

He said: “It should have been done sooner. There is always water dripping [in the communal hallway], we feel ashamed when we bring a friend or visitor.

"They come to repair it but it does not work, they are just wasting the council’s money.

“When they put scaffolding on the properties we don’t see them doing any work and then we will get a huge bill. I think it is good for the tenants also, who will get to have a modern property.”

Sofia Mcintosh-Poreman has been a leaseholder on the estate for 18 years and is not sure how she will be able to afford to move. Despite this, she has voted in favour of the demolition.

She said: “The roofs here are very bad, I often get water coming through my roof.

"I am not sure how much compensation we get. For tenants even before the place is demolished they can find a place but we don’t have that. I worry I won’t be able to afford a place in the area, I would like to stay in South Norwood.”

Croydon Council made the decision to run the ballot at a cabinet meeting on March 22. 

Ballot papers should have already been delivered to households and voting will close on Monday, May 22 at 5pm.

Jason Perry, mayor of Croydon, said: “We’ve reached the next crucial step in the redevelopment proposal for Regina Road and I would encourage eligible residents to take part in the ballot and have their say on the future of the estate.

“Regina Road residents have faced unacceptable disrepair in their homes and I am determined to sort out the conditions and work with them to put things right.

"All council tenants and leaseholders should expect to live in warm, safe and dry homes and I am committed to delivering this pledge as part of the transformation of Croydon’s housing service.”