As some relaxations of restrictions are beginning to take effect, 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 the last two months or so, and prior to that have running about a month’s worth of work in progress but not finished, or ordered and not yet started.
Although the 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 available.
Government 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.
Our current assessment is that unfortunately this all means that work will get done at about half normal speed for the foreseeable future.
So for the next 6 months, until the new year, our focus is likely to be restricted as follows: