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PROPERTY PROBLEMS: Croxley Green residents living in listed building worried about safety

 Published on: 27th February 2022   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents living in a historical listed building in Croxley Green say they are at their ‘witts end’ due to ongoing problems with their property.

Durrants House, in Glouster House, has stood in the village since 1873 and is a grade two listed building that was refurbished by Beechcroft developers in 2014.

Durrants House resident Selwyn Langley, who works as a surveyor, told CroxleyNews: “Amongst many problems experienced the main ones are many roof leaks and slipped and missing tiles and damp penetration, which has been going on for more than two years.

“We have lived here for eight years and the problems are just getting worse and worse. They [the developers] take old properties but they don’t finish them properly and years on all the years on the residents are left to deal with the expenses.”

Selwyn added that Gagan Mohindra MP visited Durrants House in August 2021 and agreed with residents that improvements needed to be made and that he would write to the developer.

The developer, Beechcroft, told CroxleyNews: “Durrants House is a Grade 2 listed building and when it was converted in 2014 the main roof was overhauled using reclaimed handmade tiles in accordance with the requirements of the local planning authority.

“Following complaints from some leaseholders, an area of the roof was stripped, checked and re-laid at the end of last year. The tiles were found to have been correctly installed.

“A visual survey of the whole roof that was carried out at the same time identified about a dozen slipped or missing tiles, out of tens of thousands, that are not causing any damage to the building. They will be relocated or replaced when there is scaffolding available to carry out the planned external decorations later in the year.

“Following the recent storms, the Estate Manager carried out an inspection of the roof and has not reported any further damage as a result of the extreme adverse weather.”

Gagan Mohindra MP was also contacted for comment.

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