Update on Damp


Thirty five residents attended our meeting on damp earlier this year. We’ve now got an update from Metropolitan regarding this

At the meeting Peter Roach from Metropolitan said “this amount of damp showed there were major structured problems on the estate. These were not isolated individual issues. He will get a structural engineer to survey the blocks on the estate were damp is most prevalent. Within a month [i.e. by 5th June] he will email the TRA with details of when this structural engineer is coming and what blocks she or he will survey”. This is great, but we’ve heard nothing about when this survey will take place.

In response to an enquiry by Cllr Mary Atkins Metropolitan has now responded to say they are going to do this survey, but as yet they’re not saying when.

Mary Atkins’ view is “I think this is good news…but note lack of time frame”.

At the moment the TRA takes no view on whether Metropolitan’s response is adequate. I hope the committee will discuss the matter at our committee meeting in early September. If you have a view on whether Metropolitan’s response is adequate, and if you have any ideas on next steps for this campaign, please contact us

Metropolitan’s full response is as below:

I wish to confirm that steps are being taken to carry out structural surveys of all buildings on the [St Martins] Estate as indicated at our meeting.

We have been provided with a quotation for the surveys and are currently engaged in commercial conversations with the independent surveyors.

We will be in a position to commence the surveys once our commercial discussions have concluded. Once we have the survey reports we will then be able to determine the nature of the remedial action required to each of the buildings.

I accept at this time I am unable to provide you with a definitive timeframe, given the nature of the commercial discussions, for which I apologise. I am sure you are able to appreciate that whilst we are engaged in commercial conversations it is not always possible to provide accurate timeframes. I trust I have been able to provide a reassurance that this matter is moving forward.

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