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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting 13th December 2011

 

Report of the Cabinet member for Housing and Community Safety

 

Heating Replacement Programme - Crawshay Court, Llantwit Major

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform members of forthcoming works to replace the communal boiler, central heating systems, individual cylinders and associated pipe work at Crawshay Court, Llantwit Major.

Recommendations

1.             Members to note the report.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To install new central heating and hot water system.

Background

2.             Crawshay Court, Llantwit Major is a sheltered housing complex with a Warden.  It comprises of 24 self contained flats over 2 floor and a communal lounge.  The accommodation is designed for persons over 60 years of age.

3.             The existing communal boiler plant central heating and hot water systems were installed in 1974 and are now 'life expired' and in poor condition.  Associated with all of these installations are some asbestos containing materials and degrading insulation. The existing system has failed several times in the past few years and now requires replacement.

4.             The asbestos containing materials are contained within covered heating ducts which run along the ground floor corridors.  These are enclosed ducts with carpeting on top and therefore there is no danger of asbestos spores escaping until such time as the ducts are disturbed which they will need to be to effect the improvements.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.             Officers considered a number of options for the replacement of the hot water and central heating systems.  The favoured option allows all of the issues of the aged boiler plant, degraded pipe work and the poor efficiency of the system to be addressed at the same time.

6.             The work is to take place in 2 phases, the boiler replacement which will occur in December 2011 and will not cause any interruption in service.  The replacement of pipe work and individual hot water cylinders will take place in January 2012 and will be invasive.

7.             Officers have secured accommodation at West House Country Hotel, Llantwit Major for the period at a preferential rate.  It is anticipated that residents will relocate here or stay with relatives for the period.

8.             For the period of works the West House Country Hotel has offered exclusivity for our tenants including full use of all the lounge room facilities along with meals.

9.             Officers have consulted with colleagues in Social Services to ensure any care arrangements can be replicated in their alternative accommodation.  A temporary stair lift is planned at West House Hotel to assist those with mobility issues.

10.        A consultation meeting with residents and their families was held on 29th November in anticipation of works taking place between  7-26 January 2012.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

11.        The cost of relocating the tenants will be around £40,000 which although a high cost will ensure the health and safety of our tenants.

12.        The costs of works and relocation can be met from existing resources.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.        None.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.        None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

16.        Improving energy performance & Welsh Quality Housing Standard - primary element of standard

Policy Framework and Budget

17.        This is  a matter for executive decision by the Cabinet

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.        Local members have already been consulted.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

19.        Housing and Public Protection.

Background Papers

None

 

Contact Officer: Leigh Caveney - Housing Manager

 

Officers Consulted : Tony Jaques - Head of Housing

 

Responsible Officer: Peter Evans - Director of Legal, Public Protection & Housing Services

 

 

 

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