.Tahira Chakotai wrote
at 10:38:21 PM on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I live in a High Rise Tower Block, called Canon Hussey Court. It is having a refurbishment that makes no sense at all. First they are renewing all the fire doors, at a cost of 40,000 pounds. After a recent investigation, by the Salford Fire Station, it was found that the doors in our block were to British Fire Standards. All they need was a Self Closer, and a Luminescent Strip in the letter box, that can be fitted to each flat for 20 pounds. So why is Salix Homes wasting 40,000 pounds on Fire Doors? The second part of the refurbishment is to fit a new Eco-Pod Heating System. Now the money involved in doing this is an estimated 512,000 pounds. Now this sounds good at first glance, however it too seems to be a waste of taxpayers money. After a little trickery on my part, I got Salix Homes to admit there will be an estimated £7.22 surcharge, per tenant, per week. Which works out at £28.88 per month, per tenant, and that is before you turn your heating on. Then there is the Economy 7 Heating problem. As it stands, at the moment, tenants whom have storage heaters within their Salix Homes properties, have a reduced night charge for their electricity, however once the new Eco-Heating system has been installed, many tenants will loose this cheaper night tariff, thus causing an increase in quarterly bills. Combine the Eco-Pod Surcharge, and the increase in electricity bills, on average, a Salix Homes resident will be an estimated £238 pounds worse off, a year. Then there is the Cladding, that is said to cost over an estimated 1.2 million pounds. The tenants have been asking what is going on with the cladding, as it was found that Canon Hussey Court, had major structural problems, and it is believed that the extra weight of the external cladding, will cause severe structural stress throughout the tower block. So this may never happen, and that means that the damp and condensation problems will remain within the block, thus, the tower block will be unfit for human habitation. Then we come to the balconies. To date Forest, whom are the contractors Salix Homes are using, to complete the refurbishment of Canon Hussey Court, have informed tenants, that external balconies may be dismantled, and blocked off. This is to cost, in the region of 127,512 pounds. So by completing this part of the refurbishment, the tenants will be getting less property, for the same rent. Then there is the windows. Salix Homes has decided to refit the same rubbishy windows, as we have now, but they are grey. This will be done at a cost of 217,227 pounds. Tenants have also been told that these windows may not be draught proof. So why on earth are they fitting them? The last part of the refurbishment is the lifts. Our lifts are odd and even. For those who don’t know, any person that lives on a even floor, and has to use the odd lift, will be forced to climb two flights of steep stairs, to get too it. In our block, we have some severely disabled tenants, some whom walk with sticks, and some who use wheel chairs. Salix Homes plans to turn off the lifts to upgrade them. How do the disabled get in and out of the tower block? This is costing an estimated 112,435 pounds of tax payers money. Even with this work completed, Canon Hussey Court will only have a estimated 4 to 5 years of use, before it has to be demolished. In conclusion, after reading this story, with or without the Con-Dem Government, Salix Homes properties are going to fall further into disrepair. If you add up the cost of the refurbishment to Canon Hussey Court, it comes to an estimated total of 4 million pounds. So the main question needs to be asked. Why, in this down turn economy, are Salix Homes, investing time, and money, at the tax payers expense, into properties, that only has a short life expectancy, and why are they demolishing good structurally sound properties, within established communities? Until that question is answered, and investigated, Salix Tenants will remain in damp, cold, and expensive properties. I hope after reading this story, and my comment, tenants will group together, and work as a team, to ensure that the grants Salix Homes have amassed, will be spent on refurnishing their properties, to a good standard, and not spent of frivolous ventures, that will make little or no difference to the living conditions of future council tenants.
at 4:25:43 AM on Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Stewart will invent a new word , such as ‘Demoncrancery‘ , which will mean ‘pure open bullshit and soothing words ‘ , but the deafening silence from these arrogant , undemocratic , spineless council wasters will just continue. They must all be quaking in their shoes .