Soroba ten­ants voice con­cern about cladding

The Oban Times - - News -

A SOROBA res­i­dent has raised con­cerns over the in­su­la­tion that sur­rounds the flats in the area and the age of the wiring in some homes.

How­ever, Argyll Com­mu­nity House As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA) has re­sponded to th­ese con­cerns, say­ing all its homes meet the Scot­tish build­ing reg­u­la­tions and that it car­ries out cycli­cal elec­tri­cal in­spec­tions.

Ge­orge Berry raised the ques­tions at the monthly Soroba Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion meet­ing on Tues­day July 4. He was wor­ried be­cause of vari­a­tions be­tween flats.

‘Why did they change it?’ he said. ‘There are two of them that have a gap and the rest are face to face with the build­ing. I would like them to re­move the metal plat­ing so we can get ac­cess to the fire pro­tec­tion that is there and take a sam­ple from it.’

In the build­ing that Mr Berry is re­fer­ring to, there is an over­hang on the outer part of the struc­ture re­veal­ing a metal plate at the bot­tom.

Alastair Mac­Gre­gor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of ACHA, said: ‘It has been drawn to the as­so­ci­a­tion’s at­ten­tion that there is a gap be­tween the in­su­la­tion and the wall of a block in Soroba which the as­so­ci­a­tion is in­spect­ing this week.

‘If this is found to be a variance from the nor­mal spec­i­fi­ca­tion, ei­ther by de­fect or any­thing else, then it will be re­paired.’

Re­fer­ring to why some of the build­ings are different, Mr Mac­Gre­gor said: ‘ The as­so­ci­a­tion will use different spec­i­fi­ca­tions de­pend­ing on what build­ings we are work­ing on at a given time. All spec­i­fi­ca­tions meet the Scot­tish build­ing reg­u­la­tions.

‘The as­so­ci­a­tion has an on­go­ing pro­gramme of ex­ter­nal wall in­su­la­tion to im­prove the ther­mal ef­fi­ciency of our ten­ants’ homes.

‘We do not fit cur­tain walling with an air gap. The sys­tem we use is in­stalled di­rectly onto the face of ex­ter­nal walls and the ex­ter­nal coat­ing is not com­bustible.

‘The spec­i­fi­ca­tion we use is phe­no­lic board which is Euro­class B and the fi­bre is Euro­class 1.’

Mr Berry also ques­tioned the the safety of wiring in some of the homes.

‘The es­tate is about 40 years old,’ he said. ‘Back then houses were get­ting sold for pen­nies.

‘Be­cause peo­ple can no longer come up with £7,000 to £ 8,000 to re­wire their flats in Soroba, the wiring is now 40 years old.’

But Mr Mac­Gre­gor re­as­sured ten­ants, say­ing: ‘I can con­firm that ACHA car­ries out cycli­cal elec­tri­cal in­spec­tions.

‘For ex­am­ple, this year blocks at 2, 8, 9 and 10 Colon­say Ter­race, 18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 Shuna Ter­race, 8 Scal­pay Ter­race, 32 Mc­Caig Road and 1 Ulva Road will be part of the rolling pro­gramme.’

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