There is finally some activity at the badly flooded garages at Baly House. A tanker was at the garages this morning draining them. This follows involvement earlier this week from ward councillors and Lambeth Council’s Head of Repairs Operations.
It’s a relief to see the garages being drained at last, as the standing water may have been causing damage to the building, not to mention the unsightly appearance and foul smell.
The cause of the flooding will also need to be dealt with, so that it doesn’t happen again. In addition, the flooding (albeit less severe) in the other garage blocks needs to be sorted out. A resident of the estate (a Lambeth Street Champion) who escalated the matter to the ward councillors will continue to monitor progress.
What’s going on at the Baly House garages? Drainage contractors were supposed to be coming on Monday 20th April to deal with the flooding. This work was to be overseen by the council’s capital works team. However, nothing seems to have been done. The garages still contain stagnant water.
A resident has been told that the flooding is due to a block in the drainage system causing a backsurge. The council has been asked to provide an update on what’s being done to deal with the problem. An update will be provided on this blog in due course.
Following a spate of fly-tipping incidents at the Despard House garages (often in broad daylight), the council has installed gates to make it more difficult for fly-tippers to discretely dump their rubbish. We have questioned the cost of these new gates and have been told that their installation is expected to be cheaper than the removal of dumped waste.
We have also asked why the gates have been painted yellow. This is apparently to make them more visible during the night. What do you think? Is this reasonable, or would a more tasteful shade of paint be more suitable, combined with reflectors? Let us know your thoughts.
All garage tenants should be receiving keys for the new gates within the next two weeks.
We have just been informed that there are garages available to rent on Palace Road Estate. They are in the the Despard House block of garages. There are only a few available, so, if you are interested, register your interest as soon as possible, here:
PRERA recently raised the dangerous state of the disused garages with the housing department. This was also taken up by Cllr Liz Atkins. As many of us know, the garages contain large amounts of rubbish, including flammable material, such as car tyres, mattresses and paint. There are also exposed electrical installations and, in some of the garages, frequent floods.
We were told, a few days ago, by our Estate Housing Officer, that the rubbish will be cleared from the garages. They will then be sealed, to prevent future access. We do not yet have a timescale for this.
In the longer term, PRERA will push to ensure that the garages are put back into use, either as garages, or for an alternative use. We can achieve this more easily if we know what the demand is for garages from residents. Please let us know if you would like to hire a garage on the estate, or if you have an idea for an alternative use for the garages.