Alarming report finds array of problems with Purfleet properties

Repairs – flats in Bridgland Road

Repairs – flats in Bridgland Road

First published in News

A DAMNING report claims there are an alarming number of construction faults on newly built flats in Purfleet that residents had to abandon at Christmas.

The dossier, put together on behalf of property management group OM, gives a harsh verdict on the Watts Wood Park estate, in Bridgland Road, built by developer Bellway Homes.

The report, by Base Building Consultancy, states:

  • Tiles were not fixed to the roof adequately.
  • Some of the roof materials should only have been used as a short-term repair solution.
  • A number of practices during construction were “inadequate”.
  • The “exceptionally inclement weather” played its part in the damage.

Residents reported holes in their roofs and water coming into their properties to OM in October.

Nothing was done until December after high winds caused further damage, leaving up to eight families homeless.

They are not expected to be back in their homes until at least May.

Some believe the report is OM’s way of putting pressure on Bellway.

A Bellway spokesman said it was now reviewing the findings.

He added: “We are taking the matter very seriously and seeking independent verification of the findings.

“Bellway is being fully cooperative in this matter and will work with all involved to seek a resolution.”

Resident Kenny Reid, 34, said: “People have been made homeless, people’s homes have been destroyed and people’s cars damaged. We have been let down.”

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle- Price said she was concerned.

She said: “Residents of Bridgland Road have bought a property in good faith and from a reputable company.

“The least they can expect is that it is built to an appropriate standard.”

A spokesman for OM said the report was commissioned to help it understand the full scale of the damage caused to the houses last year.

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9:39am Fri 28 Feb 14

Bernard 87 says...

Unfortunately Thurrock is crammed with new shoddily built houses and flats by developers who know they can knock up any old structure and Thurrock Council will approve it.

Moving forward, maybe the council should look at planning applications in more detail so this type of thing does not happen again.
Unfortunately Thurrock is crammed with new shoddily built houses and flats by developers who know they can knock up any old structure and Thurrock Council will approve it. Moving forward, maybe the council should look at planning applications in more detail so this type of thing does not happen again. Bernard 87
  • Score: 9

11:04am Fri 28 Feb 14

rocket1 says...

jerry built.
jerry built. rocket1
  • Score: 1

12:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

wobblybob says...

As usual no comment from the NHBC, who usually give a 10 year warranty on new builds. Trouble is, like all insurance companies, when it comes to actually paying up they always try and find an excuse not to!
As usual no comment from the NHBC, who usually give a 10 year warranty on new builds. Trouble is, like all insurance companies, when it comes to actually paying up they always try and find an excuse not to! wobblybob
  • Score: 5

4:55pm Fri 28 Feb 14

poortaxpayer says...

I thought Thurrock Council Planning Department had to sign off the building once completed and that it met all the building standards?
I thought Thurrock Council Planning Department had to sign off the building once completed and that it met all the building standards? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

4:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Baksee says...

I feel so sorry for the tenants who had to abandon their new homes. The perpetrators of this fraudulent (and illegal) practice(s) were no doubt motivated by greed (as well as laziness and incompetence). and should be prosecuted to the maximum allowed in law. Those (including the council) who should have been overseeing this development especially included in this.
I feel so sorry for the tenants who had to abandon their new homes. The perpetrators of this fraudulent (and illegal) practice(s) were no doubt motivated by greed (as well as laziness and incompetence). and should be prosecuted to the maximum allowed in law. Those (including the council) who should have been overseeing this development especially included in this. Baksee
  • Score: 0

2:43pm Tue 4 Mar 14

poortaxpayer says...

Baksee wrote:
I feel so sorry for the tenants who had to abandon their new homes. The perpetrators of this fraudulent (and illegal) practice(s) were no doubt motivated by greed (as well as laziness and incompetence). and should be prosecuted to the maximum allowed in law. Those (including the council) who should have been overseeing this development especially included in this.
The Council would have had to sign off the development and that it met all current planning standards. It obviously didn't so one wonders exactly what these qualified council officers actually did?
[quote][p][bold]Baksee[/bold] wrote: I feel so sorry for the tenants who had to abandon their new homes. The perpetrators of this fraudulent (and illegal) practice(s) were no doubt motivated by greed (as well as laziness and incompetence). and should be prosecuted to the maximum allowed in law. Those (including the council) who should have been overseeing this development especially included in this.[/p][/quote]The Council would have had to sign off the development and that it met all current planning standards. It obviously didn't so one wonders exactly what these qualified council officers actually did? poortaxpayer
  • Score: 1

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