Barbican residents want Linklaters generator moved

  • By Ben Lynch
  • Local Democracy Reporting Service

Image caption, Barbican residents protest outside Linklaters offices

Residents of the city of London say a power generator is giving them nausea and headaches due to the fumes it emits.

People living in Cromwell Tower on the Barbican estate are calling on Linklaters to remove the Silk Street unit before more people are affected.

Linklaters said his office lost power last month and hopes to resolve the issue “as soon as possible.”

Residents have contacted the City of London, which says it is working with the company to resolve the power outage.

The company’s offices lost power when the transformer failed on March 27.

Sarah Stobbs, who has lived in Cromwell Tower for 14 years, described the situation as “not livable”, adding that residents are bearing the burden of Linklaters’ emergency.

During a protest outside Linklaters offices on Tuesday, the 52-year-old said her family returned from holiday to find the generator and their flat full of fumes.

She contacted the city’s environmental health team, who she said acknowledged the problem and indicated they would work with Linklaters to resolve the issue.

“They don’t want to work from home because that would be difficult,” she said. “They prioritize their convenience over the health of their neighbors.”

Image caption, The generator at the heart of the debate

Ms Stobbs added that the installation of a new transformer for the Linklaters Tower is expected to take 16 weeks.

“This means we won’t be able to open our windows all summer,” she says. “This is not livable.”

A spokesperson for Linklaters said: “We have been working with the City of London Environmental Health Department and the Barbican Residents’ Association to try to minimize and mitigate the impact of our temporary generator on local residents as we work to restore electricity supplies to to restore our building.

“As a result of these discussions, we have moved the biofuel generator to a new location further down Silk Street and reduced its operating hours. We hope to resolve our outage as soon as possible.”

A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said: “We take noise and pollution complaints very seriously.

“Linklaters… continue to investigate what further improvements can be made.”