- About Us
- Coronavirus COVID-19; the Church responds
- Housing during Coronavirus
As some restrictions have been intermittently relaxed and re-imposed, we have been assessing the
situation, and thought it would be a good time for an update to explain what
service we can provide for the next while.
In essence, we
have only been able to carry out emergency work for much of the last few months,
and have running a certain amount of work in progress but
not finished, or ordered and not yet started.
restrictions are lifting, circumstances are not at all “back to normal”. The
contractors that we use are still finding their feet, and several still have
staff on furlough. Not all builder’s merchants are yet open, some are offering
a restricted service, and there is a substantial shortage of materials that are
advice is clear that repairs and inspections can be safely undertaken with the
right precautions, so safe ways of working for the contractors and our occupants
have to be put in place. With this in mind, we are now issuing a Guidance note
with all new work.
If anyone has
specific safety concerns, or reasons for continuing isolation, we have a
process to address this.
assessment is that unfortunately this all means that work will get done at
about half normal speed for the foreseeable future.
So for the coming months our focus is likely to be restricted as follows:
We will clear
the outstanding work.
only will be possible in June. Please do call should you have a buildings
emergency and we will sort things out.
We will review
capacity for buildings maintenance on a monthly basis after that. We may well
have to prioritise, but please continue to submit new requests by email from 1st July.
We will complete
the immediate work identified in 2019 inspections that is still outstanding on
We will carry
out the full 2020 programme of inspections so that more up to date information
is available on the condition of our properties for future planning. We will
then carry out any emergency work that is identified in the inspections.
We will complete
current works, or arrange work round moving dates by agreement. This could
include things like decorating after the move, rather than in the vacancy.
We will also continue
to work with the archdeacons to prioritise workload to allow moves to take
place to suit appointments.
Boilers will be
serviced as usual and all gas and electric checks will be done on time.
only will be undertaken.
Our phone lines
remain diverted to Jamie or Charles for the next while so that we can try to help
with technical advice over issues that may arise. Lisa can be contacted by
- No additional
financial restrictions are anticipated at this stage, but we will be working
hard to be efficient and get good value for money.