The Residents of the troubled Grand, not to be confused with holiday makers who stay in the 17 apartments owned privately by Mr.and Mrs Michael Stainer of which more later,
were alarmed to see workmen doing safety checks on the west facing balconies.
Chunks of plaster had come crashing down by the residents’ entrance and the service access to the Hotel.
The checks revealed that the mouldings that are on the exposed edge of all the balconies have decayed after years of neglect and need replacement to avoid further risk of serious injury. Unnamed residents, nervous at the litigious nature of the licensee Michael Stainer,
would only confirm that all the problems flow from a massive hole in the maintenance funds caused by the persistent non-payment of maintenance charges by, guess who,
Mr.and Mrs.Stainer plus a few others. In fairness to the Stainers they persistently deny any indebtedness although there is incontrovertible evidence of a debt exceeding £200,000.
It is ironic that only a few weeks ago, scaffolding to the west facade was removed as there was no money to carry out other works. Mr. Stainer was removed from any responsibility for managing the property in 2014 by the re-named Leasehold Valuation Tribunal but he still casts a substantial shadow over the day to day management of the 45 apartments owned by private residents.