Updated 17:00 22/06/20
More sources than the 57 varieties of Heinz have stepped forward and informed the Shepwayvox Team that as of 1st June 2020 there were well in excess of 200 Landlord Gas Safety Records (LGSR) outstanding across all four councils. This is not the first time this has been an issue.
Now of course, one might say that is because of Covid-19 and the fact tenants are self isolating. However, the Heinz sources are adamant the vast majority are NOT related to self isolating.
Their assertions are also supported by the fact East Kent Housing Risk Log last updated on June 11th 2020, states:
Gas and flats work behind, gas should be up to date by Oct 2020
These issues have been outstanding since the 10th Dec 2019 due to resource issues to complete the necessary work.
The next update to the gas issues will take place in July 2020.
But it doesn’t stop there. According to the risk log, there’s a necessity to employ consultants to develop missing contracts of which 43 are in contract and 49 outside of contract and need to be procured.
Dip in performance after transition is likely. Need to manage councillor expectation as staff adapt to the new working environment.
What do the Chief Exec’s mean by “manage” Cllr expectation?
But the most astonishing fact to emerge from the risk log is the heightened sensitivity to any incident at an EKH property resulting in death or injury, due to non-compliance during the transition period. This will be managed by Leo Whitlock, Canterbury City Council’s Comms manager and a former editor of the Kent Messenger Group.
So seven months after the former Chief Executive of East Kent Housing, Deborah Upton left Garrity House with a £160,000 golden goodbye, the issues of non compliance with LGSRs remain.