Storms rip roofs from houses

Jan­uary 1998

Bray People - - NEWS -

Res­i­dents of an ex­clu­sive new Grey­stones hous­ing scheme are fu­ri­ous that the re­cent storms left their three-month old es­tate look­ing like a dis­as­ter zone.

More than a dozen house­hold­ers, who each in­vested up­wards of £150,000 in their new homes at Burn­aby Mills are fu­ri­ous at the wide­spread dam­age which was caused to their costly new prop­er­ties dur­ing the Christ­mas Eve gales.

Scores of roof­ing tiles were swept from the roofs of close to a dozen of the de­tached four bed­room homes, ex­pos­ing the newly com­pleted prop­er­ties to some of the heav­i­est rains of the year over the fes­tive pe­riod.

And they have re­acted with fury to de­vel­op­ers Town Park Es­tates Ltd, who in­formed the own­ers that they are not liuable for re­pair­ing dam­age which was caused by the storms.

‘ They told us that they were pre­pared to carry out any re­pairs that were nec­es­sary, but said that the cost of this would have to be claimed against our in­sur­ance,’ said one house­holder.

‘I un­der­stand that when they sign over the ti­tle to the dwelling that they are no longer re­spon­si­ble for what might hap­pen, but at the same time some peo­ple have only been in their houses for two months, and they cer­tainly couldn’t have ex­pected this to hap­pen.

‘If you in­vest £10,000 or £15,000 in a new car and there were prob­lems af­ter a cou­ple of months ten you go back to the garage and do some­thing about it. It’s un­ac­cept­able to think that the same does not ap­ply to a house for which you have spent ten times that amount.’

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