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.
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.
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.