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Estates & Facilities Service Review and Compliance Update

16/04/2021 - Estates & Facilities Service Review and Compliance Update

Matter for decision

To note the update on the Estate and Facilities Service Review and compliance related work.


Decision of the Executive Councillor for Housing

To note the progress of the service review and compliance related work set out in the officer report.


Reason for the Decision

As set out in the Officer’s report.


Any Alternative Options Considered and Rejected

Not applicable.


Scrutiny Considerations


The Committee made the following comments in response to the report:

      i.         How quickly will the remaining electrical testing take (para 4.3)?

    ii.         How have the annual tests (other than for gas safety) been impacted by the Covid restrictions this year?

   iii.         Could an update be provided on fire doors?

  iv.         Could the figures in para 6 and 7 of the report section on fire safety be less opaque?

    v.         Thanked the officer for the useful report.


The Head of Housing Maintenance and Assets said the following in response to Members’ questions:


Electrical testing will roll into the next financial year.  The only legal route the Council currently take with in gaining access to a property is for gas safety inspections.  However, officers are looking at the Council’s processes with the Compliance Manager, we will also be involving the new tenant liaison officer in addition to the Council’s contractors who have liaison officer (to look at ways to improve access rates).


Over the last three years, no access to properties for investment work that included compliance and safety has been 10% 2018-19, 23% 2019-20 and 37% for the current year.

On fire doors, the Council is waiting for the Government’s Fire Safety Bill to be passed (expected in the next few weeks) and the matter will be brought to committee when the detail of the legislation and changes to Fire Safety Orders is known.


A structure chart of the estates and facilities team will be provided to the committee for information




The Committee resolved by 10 votes to 0 to endorse the recommendations.


The Executive Councillor approved the recommendation.


Conflicts of Interest Declared by the Executive Councillor (and any Dispensations Granted)

No conflicts of interest were declared by the Executive Councillor.