Bill Geary’s Story

WARD Leith Walk
STAT NOTICES 06/01327/24_R and 08/02710/24_E

The 2008 statutory repair to our two, 140 year-old, semi-detached, tenements started off as a masonry gable wall repair.  After the work began, using an Emergency Notice, both roofs were completely re-slated, despite (written) protest that this same work had been done at one of the tenements only 17 years before.

Soon after the September 2011 BBC documentary “Scotland’s Property Scandal”, we revived the above concern, but the Resolution Team dismissed our enquiry three times. We managed to persist, and a recent Programme Momentum review refunded £91,000 (in early 2015).

The Council’s Stage 2 dismissal provided a Final Account breakdown of costs.  When it was pointed out that this Final Account over-measured the length of our building by 22%, the Resolution Team, once again, dismissed our case, stating that “the roof area … would need to take account of the requirement for each slate to overlap”.  This left me scratching my head, wondering if I simply didn’t understand things properly.  But, when pressed, the Council finally conceded that we were due a refund as our building is 22.5m long, not 27.5m.

A more complicated issue of misinformation: the Resolution Team argued that our earlier re-slating had reused existing slates whereas their statutory repair had reused none.  This disagreed with figures (“make up deficiency in slate”) in their Final Account and is not sensible – it is best practice to reuse Scottish slate, although typically 30 to 40% is lost to breakage and trimming.

The above are only two examples from a long and frustrating period of correspondence with the Council’s Resolution Team.

Bill Geary


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