Another brick in the wall

... or out of the wall, more accurately.

After weeks of silence, BC has another update on the Wickham Rd/Cranfield Rd fallen-down wall saga.



A couple of weeks ago we contacted the council to find out what progress had been made on getting it fixed. For those of you who came in late, the wall has been in this state (see pic) since May this year. The problem seems to be that the wall is covered by a PFI contract. The council believe it is the responsibility of the PFI contractor to fix it. Brockley's citizens have been waiting for this glorious (and really quite simple) event to occur for some six months now.

Will it be fixed by the end of the year? Who can say. But we seem to be one step closer. Apparently the housing commissioning manager is going to meet with both the contractor and the planning department. There are concerns that the pricing quoted by the contractor is high.

Once contract negotiations have completed, the works will start. BC waits in hope ...

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see an opportunity here - perhaps Speedicars much missed old sign could be wedged into the gap, both fixing the wall and providing a little bit of sponsorship/advertising for Speedicars?

max said...

It would be interesting to know how the total of the sums spent on officers and consultants' time compare to that of the bricklayer's fee.

Headhunter said...

Wow such a palaver over a wall. If something so simple requires so much time and negotiation then these PFI contracts really do need re-thinking. Surely something as basic as who has responsibility for the boundary wall should be an obvious thing for lawyers to sort out right at the start of setting the contract up. And now taxpayers money is being consumed as civil servants fight with private sector PFI contractors for months and months over something as simple as a garden wall... Mismanagement at its absolute apex.

Brockley Kate said...

It is so tempting at the moment to pay a bricklayer to re-build the wall myself, and then knock the cost off my council tax bill ... but somehow I sense that wouldn't meet with approval in the town hall ...

Anonymous said...

Everytime I read a story involving pfi, it's about the taxpayer getting a raw deal.

jon s said...

HH, expecting a lawyer to undestand the practical part of a contract????

All the contract needed was a vandalism and misuse clause, essentailly fix the works immediately and if due to vandalism or misuse get it confirmed by a third party QS and bill whoever is responsible through the council.

tj said...

This is typical of the sort of treatment Brockley Leaseholders have had at the hands of the PFI - overinflated costs for work the PFI wants to do (Will that be renovated windows and a spot of guttering for £20,000; or a new roof a a bit of repointing for £40,000, sir?) , no response to questions, and delays and shoddy workmanship (scaffolding 'stored' onsite for 12 weeks - at leaseholder's expense - for 3 weeks work).

When leaseholders have got in touch with them re urgent work - eg. earth retaining wall crumbling - there has been first an unwillingness to get involved, and then a quote for £10,000 - whereas a private quote put it at £1000.

And the Labour Lewisham gov did this to us. Please don't think leaseholders are all wealthy property owners - quite anumber of us are right-to-buy pensioners, or other low income workers.

tj said...

This is typical of the sort of treatment Brockley Leaseholders have had at the hands of the PFI - overinflated costs for work the PFI wants to do (Will that be renovated windows and a spot of guttering for £20,000; or a new roof a a bit of repointing for £40,000, sir?) , no response to questions, and delays and shoddy workmanship (scaffolding 'stored' onsite for 12 weeks - at leaseholder's expense - for 3 weeks work).

When leaseholders have got in touch with them re urgent work - eg. earth retaining wall crumbling - there has been first an unwillingness to get involved, and then a quote for £10,000 - whereas a private quote put it at £1000.

And the Labour Lewisham gov did this to us. Please don't think leaseholders are all wealthy property owners - quite anumber of us are right-to-buy pensioners, or other low income workers.

Headhunter said...

TJ - It's pretty much to be expected if you farm out work to what essentially becomes a private monopoly. It seems that neither the council or leaseholders can do much about it once the contracts are signed, however the contracted workers can charge what they like as they're not in competition for any of the work to be carried out. The council probably doesn't really care either, it has been told by central government to PFI out everything they possibly can and get it off balance sheet and at the same time it saves them the effort of doing actual work on buildings they own/run.

Brockley Kate said...

Mmm, and ironically it's all coming back on-balance sheet (well, most of it) next year due to IFRS (international accounting guidelines).

max said...

Wow, does that mean that Britain will be bought by Lloyds in order to save it?

13:24 said...

Just an observation, but there do seem to be a disproportionate amount of accountants (or people working in related fields) on this blog!

That's not a criticism btw.

Headhunter said...

I'm not an accountant, I'm a headhunter! I thought Cat Man was the only accountant among us?

Brockley Kate said...

I'm not an accountant either! I'm insulted, frankly ...!

Monkeyboy said...

Your involved in beans as far as I'm concerned. Either writing about them, recruiting bean counters, or entering them on a spreadsheet.

I'm an Engineer so am happy to piss them away and let said bean counters work out where that £50m went.

Anonymous said...

I am an accountant, there's alot of it about round here, but please that doesn't mean I anything like that chair leg Catman.

Headhunter said...

Investment bankers! Not "bean counters"! Where do you think I work? Michael bloody Page?

Anonymous said...

You're certainly an investment banker... ;-)

Tressilliana said...

I used to be an accountant. There are a lot of us about, you know - there was a point in the late 80s when it was estimated that one in four UK graduates went into accountancy.

Anonymous said...

Max, haha, probably!

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