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Questions raised as to why Prentice Place flats lie empty

News / Fri 11th Dec 2020 at 08:01am

A NUMBER of questions were asked regarding the empty flats at Prentice Place in Potter Street during a Harlow Council meeting on Thursday night.

Alan Leverett to Councillor Tony Durcan (Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity):

Could you please inform me how much it has cost the council to refurbish the flats at Prentice Place excluding the costs associated with the remodelling of the external areas?

Reply from Councillor Tony Durcan (Portfolio Holder for Growth and Prosperity):

The cost of refurbishing the flats at Prentice Place, excluding the remodelling of the external areas is circa £2,845,780. This work includes new kitchens and bathrooms, new double glazing, new gas boilers, new front doors, new pitched roof on all three blocks and guttering, new communal lighting,
communal security doors with intercom system, new bin stores and cycle storage, the removal of asbestos and a security camera system.

Alan Leverett to Councillor Mark Wilkinson (Portfolio Holder for Housing):

Bearing in mind the ever increasing demand for housing can you explain why it has taken so long for the flats at Prentice Place to be occupied by tenants?

Reply from Councillor Mark Wilkinson (Portfolio Holder for Housing):

Prentice Place scheme provides for badly needed new Council homes that will be allocated to applicants on the Council’s Housing Needs Register.
Additional works were required for fire stopping and building control
priorities, aligning to new government guidance, for new build properties. The ongoing pandemic has also delayed works during the lockdowns, however, it is anticipated these properties will be advertised to residents in December 2020.

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