PENARTH RENEWAL AREA RESIDENTS WON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR MORE REPAIRS

The Penarth Renewal Scheme under way in 2010 in King St

The Penarth Renewal Scheme began in 2000 and was still under way in 2010 (seen here in King St) .  Now repairs to the original renovation work are being carried out to several of the 400 homes affected

Homeowners living in the so-called ‘Penarth Renewal Area’ of St Augustine’s Ward, Penarth – who been worried about having to pay for  further extensive repairs to their houses – have now been reassured they won’t have to pay the bills.

More than 400 Victorian houses in the  ‘Renewal Area’  underwent an extensive Vale Council renovation programme between 2000 and 2010 after 76% of the dwellings in the area (see map below)  had been declared “unfit”.

The Penarth Central Renewal Area is outlined in blue

The Penarth Central Renewal Area is outlined in blue

Most of the costs of bringing the homes up to modern standards were met by the Vale Council under a £15,000,000 EU-funded scheme. Householders were means-tested and some were asked to contribute towards the costs whereas others, who had insufficient resources, had the work  carried out free of charge.

However, it turned out that not all the homes were properly repaired and a number of householders later  complained about defects in the standard of the work carried out on their properties.

In June 2015 the Vale Council had said that owing to “the ongoing commitments  to make good the poor workmanship of Phase 5b of the Penarth Renewal Area at Queens Road, it is estimated that a budget of £100,000 will be needed to complete these works. Options are currently being explored to recover this money”  [i.e.  from the contractors] 

Local residents have now again questioned the Vale Council about the slow progress of the “repairs to the repairs” and – in particular whether householders are being expected to meet some of the costs involved in what some describe as this  “continual” rectification work.

Cllr Neil Moore - (Labour Codc Ward Barry) Leader of the Vale Council read out a statement to the council

Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadcc Ward Barry) Leader of the Vale Council read out a prepared statement

In last week’s full council meeting  Cllr Leader Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward, Barry and  Leader of the Council ) said  “Defects previously identified in historical renewal works within the Penarth renewal Area continue to be addressed by the council. The council has investigated further works at this location and has worked diligently to any on-going concerns of the residents. 

Cllr Moore saidI know it’s been long and tedious and arduous but we are still working on it. I am pleased to be able to confirm that the final phase of the repair works is currently under way and progressing very well.

The council had also been asked by residents whether it will recover the cost of the latest repairs from the contractors who carried out the original – faulty – work. Cllr Moore says the council is “Currently reviewing all of its options for the recovery of costs – but the matter is not yet finalised – so at this stage no further details can be provided – and that is to ensure that any future process is not prejudiced.”

Cllr Moore emphasised that  “Residents are NOT being asked to make any additional contributions to the cost of these repairs”. He pointed out that residents were previously means-tested and “many have not had to contribute at all to  the cost of the extensive improvement works to their homes”.

In conclusion Cllr Moore announced “Work is continuing, we’re managing it , we’re making  sure it’s being done properly . We are looking for cost recovery. That’s all I can say can say at this stage”

Cllr Bronwen Brooks (Labour Court Ward Barry)

Cllr Bronwen Brooks (Labour Court Ward Barry)

Local residents have also grilled the Vale Council about roof replacements in the renewal scheme. One resident has asked  why ” no building regulations approvals for roof replacements were made in the Penarth Renewal Area? ” .

Cllr Bronwyn Brooks the ‘cabinet’ member in charge of housing was asked how and why  this oversight will be rectified to obtain the correct  regulations for over 400 homes included in the scheme?”

Cllr Brooks replied that “almost all roof repairs at that time did not require building regulations approval”.  She said that “a small number of roofs” in the Penarth Renewal area had been “identified as defective” . All the roofing work had been guaranteed and any further defects would be “dealt with accordingly”.

 

 

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4 Responses to PENARTH RENEWAL AREA RESIDENTS WON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR MORE REPAIRS

  1. Very interesting how all these decisions about Housing in Penarth are being made by Barry based councillors in the so-called Vale “cabinet”. Time for a change and let’s have some Penarth Councillors in that team in future, so as to ensure that your homes are looked after and protected by locally based Penarthians, rather than Barry councillors with full time jobs some place else !

  2. Kevin Mahoney says:

    I find it quite staggering to read comments such as those repeated below:-

    “Defects previously identified in historical renewal works within the Penarth renewal Area continue to be addressed by the council. The council has investigated further works at this location and has worked diligently to any on-going concerns of the residents.

    “Work is continuing, we’re managing it , we’re making sure it’s being done properly . We are looking for cost recovery. That’s all I can say can say at this stage”

    Surely the whole point is that these works should have been supervised and inspected as they were carried out?

    It’s called quality control, that should be carried out before releasing the next tranche of money and work to the contractors carrying out the original work.

    If the council themselves were incapable of of inspecting the work as it was done to ensure satisfactory standards then suitably qualified advisers needed to be employed to inspect and sign off these multi million pound improvements and to report back to the council as works progressed.

  3. Penileaks says:

    It staggers me that much of this work is undertaken by contractors approved by the VoG, but whose work is subsequently found to be so defective in many areas.
    There are issues with these works in the Penarth Renewal Area, ongoing problems with roof and other works on many council properties in different areas of Penarth and some of the work carried out on the Castleland Renewal Area Scheme in Barry was not only extremely poor, but in one instance that I witnessed, downright dangerous.
    I work in the contracting world and it is imperative to manage contractors constantly with experienced and qualified people to ensure that the planned works are carried out correctly and if they are not, they will not be signed off and no payment will be made until they are completed correctly, either by the original contractor, or by another contractor.
    It is pretty obvious that the VoG do not monitor these works correctly and sign off work with little or no quality checks carried out by the correctly qualified personnel. It smacks of – ‘Not our money, it really does not matter’
    As for some of the contractors engaged to carry out these works, they are little more than cowboys, allowed to do their ‘cowboy stuff’ by a council who appear incapable of doing their job properly and protecting the tax payers who fund them.

  4. Mark Wilson says:

    Cllr Peter King Councillor for Cornerswell is now in charge of Building Services as well as Transport. As you know out of the 5 cabinet members two are from Penarth. This was a higher proportion than under the Conservative administration where 3 out of 10 Cabinet members came from Penarth.

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