Urgent repairs are to be made to a ‘dangerous’ block of flats in Mapperley
Cavendish Court has been described as being in a ‘dangerously poor’ state and attempts will now be made to make the building safer.
Nottingham City Council will step in and carry out the work, four years after it decided to clear the site altogether.
Back in 2014, the council issued a clearance order on the block of flats in Woodborough Road, next to the new Aldi.
However the council later realised it had underestimated the cost of clearing the housing, and decided to carry out structural repair work.
Now, the council has decided to carry out repair work, and charge the landlord.
It will now work to make the stairways and balconies safe, and charge the property management company, up to the £160,000 budget.
A report on the decision published by the Labour-run council said: “Cavendish Court is in serious disrepair. The external access walkways and staircases are structurally unstable due to the degradation of the internal steelwork and are currently being held up by scaffolding.
“There are other more minor issues with the building such as general repairs and maintenance needed to the roof and brickwork.”
Councillor Toby Neal is the portfolio holder for community protection, and represents the Berridge ward for Labour.
He said: “This is a property which has been in a dangerously poor state of repair for some time now, presenting risks for tenants and impacting adversely on the local community.
“Four years ago we were ready to take action to clear the site altogether after repeated efforts to get the landlord to take appropriate action had failed.
“Since then, it became clear that the costs of carrying out the clearance would be significantly higher than estimated, and we carried out work that has been deemed successful in making the building structurally safe. Aldi has developed a new store next door which has helped to improve the surrounding area.
“We are now proposing to carry out the necessary improvements to the balconies and stairways and charging this to the property management company that has been appointed, allowing tenants to remain in their homes.
“We then intend to work with the management company to deal with all the other improvements needed on site to bring the property up to appropriate standards.”
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