Lambeth Re-housing & Department of Disrepair/Misrepair

by More Street Cleaning and less Social Cleansing, please

This is the Barcombe Avenue property that Lambeth are offering as re-housing to Trace Newton.

Because she declined the offer, she’s being evicted from her current home on Wednesday. The home that she’s lived in, and lovingly maintained, for over 35 years.

This is the front exterior of the Barcombe flat. We have no idea what’s going on in the back. The rear of the property hasn’t been seen since viewing in Summer 2013, when there was a sea of soap scum and grey water covering most of the yard. Did the drains ever get repaired? Maybe not? Maybe that’s why Simon Matthews of Lambeth, unfortunately, didn’t have any back door keys when the flat was most recently viewed…

Lambeth redecorated inside, but since it doesn’t appear they’ve made any external repairs, then all the work inside will soon be wasted. A few weeks after redecoration, damp stains were seen on the newly painted walls in the kitchen/diner (which now, Lambeth has decreed) also has to treble as the living room, since re-designating the flat from a 1 bed to a 2 bed property.

 

 

How to do it properly vs How Lambeth does it

1. Read Lambeth Council’s own guidelines on repairs on planning.

2. Look at the pictures, taken a week or so ago

3. Read about how Lambeth clearly failed to follow their own planning rules

Here we go…

1. Download and read Lambeth’s Planning Guidelines from here – http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/sites/default/files/CA31LeighamCourtEstateSPG2001_nomap.pdf

2. Pictures

 

3. What LBL Should Do vs What LBL Does.

An interesting comparison.

LBL’s own planning guidance seems to be completely ignored by the look of those photos.

Water penetration happening due to lack of maintenance on rainwater goods (guttering to the layperson) – very evident on 252 above the window. Also evident on left corner of bay window on 250.
Boarded up window just along, has been like that for years. It’s like that on 2012 google street view – must be causing rainwater ingress to the window surround and brickwork below.
Window ledge crumbling and falling off on 250.
Guidance about the style of front door allowed has clearly not been adhered to for 250 & next door neighbour.

That’s all gleaned from only a brief glance at the front exterior – who knows what’s happening at the back!

A few more points they’ve ignored from their very own guidance, obvious just from looking at those few pics. Imagine what all their other properties must be like!

Page 16 – “external meter boxes must be set into the ground, not mounted on the building”

Page 13 – “Rainwater systems must be kept clear and in good repair, as defects can lead to serious decay. All joints should be watertight, the whole protected from rust and securely fixed”

page 18 – “Repair Priorities: Priority should always be given to urgent structural work, including measures to arrest, repair or prevent deay or water ingress, such as repairing cracked sills or rot in joinery….”

page 18 – “Repair Priorities: Generally speaking, looking after the fabric of a house is a matter of preventing or slowing down the process of ageing or decay that naturally occurs in all building materials. The most common cause of decay is water entry, leading to timber rot, spallling masonry, mould growth……. and ultimately to structural failure. Therefore the first objective of economic care is to keep the building watertight. Regular inspection and repair of roofs, rainwater and soil systems can avoid very costly remedial works later. Other places where water can enter are defective joints in brick or masonry, cracks in plaster, around window or door openings, through tops of mouldings……”

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