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By admin , in Cambridge , at March 17, 2018

More than 100 people, some of them elderly, are facing a freezing weekend because their gas supply has been cut off.

Residents living in the Cherry and East Court buildings at Great Kneighton, part of the award-winning Abode development, have had no gas since Tuesday (March 13).

Residents have been told they may have no heating over the weekend

And as below-zero temperatures and snow loom over the weekend, they may end up shivering until Monday, one resident says.

Young mother Collette Stadler said she had spoken to National Grid and had been told the supply had been stopped "because of unpaid bills".

The buildings are run by a property management firm, SDL, which pays the bills by invoice.

Collette said: "Gas for two flat buildings, called the Cherry Building and the East Court Building, was abruptly cut off without warning on Tuesday.

"We’ve been awaiting 'repair' since. Our management company SDL informed us that 'all invoices have now been paid but the gas cannot be switched on again until maybe Monday'.

"We have discovered by calling National Grid that our communal buildings of flats with approximately 100 residents, has had its gas supply capped due to unpaid bills."

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She added: "We were never given any warning that our gas may be switched off. We believe it is illegal until March 31st to switch off gas even if bills are unpaid.

"In our building there are many vulnerable people including a premature baby, small babies, elderly, and disabled people.

Snow is forecast over the weekend

"We have no hot water, no heating and the weather forecast for this weekend is not good. We have been told by SDL to evacuate to stay with family and friends, which is outrageous as many residents don’t have this option available."

An SDL spokesman told the News: "SDL Property Management is currently dealing with a gas supply issue at the Abode developments in Cambridge and our team is working with residents, the freeholder, the gas broker, and suppliers to reinstate supply as soon as possible.

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"Complaints against the supplier involved have been lodged with OFGEM by both SDL Property Management and the gas broker, and a new supplier has been appointed.

"SDL Property Management would like to apologise for the inconvenience this is causing, and is working with residents to provide temporary accommodation for all those affected."

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