PENARTH COUNCIL TENANTS LEFT WITHOUT A ROOF AS CONTRACTORS ARE PULLED-OUT

The St Lukes Avenue, apartment block - which is still - after 3 weeks  minus half its roof

The St Lukes Avenue, apartment block – which is still – after 3 weeks minus half its roof

A number of council tenants in Penarth are complaining that maintenance work has come to an abrupt halt on their homes and rainwater is leaking into them after the roof of their apartment block was stripped-off three weeks ago.

The apartment block is one of several in St Luke’s Avenue  owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council – which are currently undergoing long-awaited upgrading in a massive and long-overdue maintenance operation which began back in July and is still in progress.

Rainwater is said to be seeping into top-floor apartments as tenants wait for the roof to be tiled

Rainwater is said to be seeping into top-floor apartments as tenants wait for the roof to be tiled

The worst affected apartment block had its existing roof-tiles removed for new insulation and membranes to be installed – but then the roofers doing the job disappeared – and they haven’t been back since.

The roof of the block has been left with one half completely without tiles – whilst work on the remaining half has yet to be started.

One report claims that three weeks, ago a roofing contractor was removed and replaced – only for that replacement roofing contractor also to be removed . One tenant said she understood “something had gone wrong” and the firm’s employees had all been taken off the site .

Tenants say they believe the work was being carried out by a firm employing “Eastern European” builders – but in fact most of the other contractors on the site are also using what are understood to be European tradesmen.

Some tenants are claiming there is inadequate supervision of maintenance contractors by the Vale of Glamorgan Council , and a failure to ensure that work is completed to a proper standard.

Other contractors on the St Lukes site are working normally. Tenants say it will be "lovely when it's finished"  . The signature feature of multiple satellite dishes will disappear and all apartments will be served by just one single dish

Other contractors on the St Luke’s site are working normally. Tenants say it will be “lovely when it’s finished” . The signature feature of multiple satellite dishes and aerials will disappear and all apartments will be eventually be served by just one “community” satellite dish

The major contractors on the site who are building new external insulating walls on the apartment blocks – as well as carrying out internal renovations – were all at work as normal today – and are apparently not involved in the roofing contract issue, but there was still no sign of any progress on the missing roof today.

When, in 2013, a Vale Council “Scrutiny” committee examined the performance of contractors hired by the council to  carry out maintenance work on local council houses and flats, it found that  12% of the work was not properly finished . It also said that  in many cases contractors were not completing internal work within the designated 15-day period – leading to longer periods of disruption for tenants. 

The huge renovation programme began back in June and is still under way. Some properties in St Paul’s Avenue are said to have been completed internally – but still await the removal of scaffolding – which has been in situ for 3 months.

No one from the Vale of Glamorgan Council has been available to comment.

 

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5 Responses to PENARTH COUNCIL TENANTS LEFT WITHOUT A ROOF AS CONTRACTORS ARE PULLED-OUT

  1. Ivor Bagman says:

    Perhaps an inside
    Job would
    Have sufficed.

  2. Paul says:

    The council really know how to put a roof over their tenants……

  3. Christopher David says:

    St Luke- Patron Saint of Butchers?

  4. Johnabutt says:

    Perhaps some of the Vale Councellors would like to spend a few days in a house with no roof. Just wonder how those on the magnificent salaries reported on here sleep at night.

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