Crowds at the Generator hostel in Tavistock Place
Published: 4 April, 2013
by TOM FOOT
COUNCIL chiefs say they are investigating a surge in complaints against a 870-bedroom hostel in King’s Cross.
Residents living near the Generator, in Tavistock Place, say they are routinely kept up all night by fun-seekers at the hostel where more than 50 coaches can arrive each hour.
At a residents’ group meeting, King’s Cross councillor Jonathan Simpson said: “The level of noise is intolerable and it is making life a misery for residents.
“My problem with them is that they are not having any discussions with us. It angers me no end.”
Residents said the hostel – a giant building spanning four major streets – was making their lives “unbearable”. Police had investigated the use of “laser pens” shone from the windows into neighbouring homes, and people had been spotted urinating out of the building’s windows.
Marchmont Association chairman Ricci de Freitas said a “tick box” culture in the police meant they would not answer calls as “no crime had been obviously committed”.
Maurice Spector, who has been complaining about the Generator for 13 years, said: “We are continually providing information to the council and it doesn’t lead to anything.”
There were calls for a weekend of “coordinated action” where council officials would stay over night in residents’ homes to collect evidence.
A spokeswoman from the Generator said: “There is an on-going and constructive dialogue with Camden Council to address those concerns. Generator London believes that it complies with all legal duties and obligations applicable to its operations.
“Notwithstanding this, it is involved in a dialogue with the council because it takes residents’ concerns seriously and is addressing those issues in that forum.”