Ross House Is A “Tinderbox” and All Tenants Must Be Moved Immediately
All tenants living in Ross House should be moved out immediately as it is a “tinderbox”, according to a number of sources across mutliple organisations. This is no exaggeration.
On Monday morning all tenants in Ross House should turn up at Folkestone & Hythe District Council Civic Centre demanding new accommodation as their current accommodation is not fit for purpose, as it is unsafe and does not comply with the fire regulations, nor has it since they moved in.
Tenants could claim they are homeless as the Council owned building is NOT compliant with the law, as such it is not fit for human habitation.
All district Cllrs, not just the ward Cllrs, Tim Prater and Gary Fuller, must support these tenants as they have a RIGHT to live in safe and secure accommodation, as do all tenants in Council owned and EKH managed property, in all four districts.
In April 2018 the Council purchased Ross House from Mr Oliver Davis company for £1.8 million.
What due diligence did the Council undertake on the building prior to purchase?
Who signed the building off saying it complied with the building regs, especially Approved Document Part B Volume 2 which deals with fire safety for council housing?
Who did the Fire Risk Assessment after East Kent Housing (EKH) took over the management of the property? And why didn’t EKH act on it?
As a result of these failings, numerous investigations into the problems at Ross House will have to be paid for and whatever they discover – and they will discover countless issues – this will cost further money to put right.
To be fair to EKH, it inherited a rather big problem from the Council, but EKH didn’t act on the fire risk assessment, meaning both parties share the responsibility for the failings which has left Ross House as a tinderbox for nineteen months.
As we understand their is an ongoing investigation into Ross House by Kent Fire & Rescue, who have visited the premises.
And what of Oliver Davis (pictured) the man who owns Mulberry Tree Holdings Ltd via Oliver Davis Homes Ltd, what is he going to do about his company’s “total shit” and “sub standard conversion”, of Ross House? The company – his company did after all sell the council a pig in a poke.
Mr Davis has been contacted for a comment but a reply there has come none.
Now to add insult to injury, Mr Davis company, Mullberry Tree Holding Ltd wish to redevelop the former redundant car park site right next door to Ross House to provide nine new commercial units under planning application Y19/0978/FH (highlighted in purple below).
Ross House & Car Park – Google My Maps
Mulberry Homes Holding Ltd redeveloped Ross House which is a “tinderbox” and now want to redevelop car park into 9 commercial units – Y19/0978/FH
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