STV: ‘Arms-length’ company to replace Edinburgh’s statutory repairs system

CSulieman_07.03.2014 Announcement Date: 7th March 2014

Councillors will be asked to approve in principle the introduction of a “special repairs vehicle” – an arms-length company which will look after statutory repairs.

There will be four stages the repair has to go through before an statutory repairs notice is issued, in the hope more problems can be sorted out by owners.

Council leader Andrew Burns said it was important to have a system in place.

He said: “Despite all of its problems, there’s a recognition there was merit in the statutory repairs system.

“We must make sure we don’t end up paying no attention to the fabric of the city.

“We will do everything we can to try and get the tenant owners to take charge before we go to the statutory repairs stage.

“There is a public demand to have an element of compulsion, as an absolutely last resort. We want to respond to what is substantial public pressure.

“We have to be cautious about not replicating the mistakes of the past. Statutory repairs had become almost a port of first call, we have got to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“It has to be the absolute port of last call; there have to be hurdles or gateways to make sure we manage that.”

It is hoped the first parts of the arms-length company will be up and running by the end of the year.

Article by Cara Sulieman at STV … click here to read it in full.