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OTTERY: EDDC tenants suffering ‘poor living conditions’

Thursday, 05 June 2014

Many tenants of the Longdogs Lane housing estate in Ottery St Mary are suffering from “poor living conditions” East Devon District Council has admitted. The poor conditions are caused by damp, due to last year’s inclement weather, and the estate, along with two in Honiton and another in Exmouth, are on a repair priority list. But tenants may have to wait until the end of October before their homes are fixed. An EDDC Housing Review Board report explained: “Some of our large blocks of flats have been affected and this means a large number of tenants in a single location have had to suffer poor living conditions while we are resolving the problems. We will be dealing with these blocks of flats first.” District-wide, EDDC has identified more than 300 homes or garages in need of repairs and the cost is likely to be in the region of £1 million. The report said: “Some homes have experienced damp penetration because of the prolonged period of rain we had during the winter. “Damp has penetrated into tenants’ homes and has in many cases damaged internal walls and cavity wall insulation. “Most tenants are being very helpful, co-operative and patient and understand that it may be quite a while before improvement works are undertaken to ensure that this kind of damage to their home does not happen again. Some work cannot be done until the property is dry. “It is important for members and tenants to understand that we may be spending around £1 million dealing with the impact of the wet weather and funding permanent solutions to the problem at each property - getting this right is more important than doing it quickly. “We have notified our insurers and provided a schedule of the properties that are affected along with an estimate of the work we have done so far as well as the work we believe may be required.” The report also said: “A number of properties have had minor roof repairs carried out but around 20 properties require a replacement roof. “This work is already being specified and tendered and should be complete within the next few months. “The improvement work needed to the remaining properties will be clearer when we have completed an external survey of all the properties. This is underway and should be complete by June 30th. “The improvement work will begin as soon as possible and will be complete by October 31st.” The matter will be discussed by the Housing Review Board on Thursday, June 5th.


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