The Council has a policy of undertaking a thorough inspection of all Council properties on a regular basis, and it was my pleasure to join the team at today's inspection of the flats at Purley Knoll, off Downs Court Road. The officers were making a detailed list of all the items requiring maintenance, and there was a lot to do.
- Rubbish left in passages (where it's a fire hazard, apart from being an obstruction to other residents)
- Several children's bikes and toys obstructing the passages
- Ivy growing up the side of some buildings
- Soffits showing signs of mould
- Electrical cupboards not locked properly (a potential hazard to children)
- Grass verges wrecked by regular parking
- Trees growing out of gaps in concrete
- etc etc
The officers diligently took photos of every problem and they'll arrange for them all to be fixed over time; they'll then return in a few months to check on progress. Some issues like parking are tricky to solve because there's a shortage of onsite spaces, so the officers will try and engage with residents to agree an acceptable solution.