Vale of Glamorgan Council Praised for Quick Actions


14 June 2016


The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been praised for its decisive actions during the collapse of a residential property in Penarth.


The house, undergoing substantial renovations, began to collapse on Friday 10 June prompting the attendance of emergency services, utility companies, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Building Control Team, to manage any risk to the public and surrounding properties.


With the rear of the house having collapsed entirely and the roof being unsafe, a demolition was carried out to dismantle dangerous parts of the structure, enabling the site to be made safe.


The HSE have praised the quick and decisive actions of the Council’s Principal Building Control Officer, which led to the safe demolition of the dangerous structure, under the substantial pressure and scrutiny of the national media and concerned residents.


Marcus Goldsworthy, Head of Regeneration and Planning for the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “It is pleasing to see that our Building Control Team were instrumental in ensuring that the property on Clinton Road was made safe, promptly.  The decisive actions of the team have removed the immediate concerns of neighbours and residents.


Most building developments are completed without incident, but when called upon, our officers worked closely with the agencies on site, to minimise the risk to the public."


The HSE is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the collapse.