Retired resident troubled by asbestos in ‘leaking’ roof

Retired resident troubled by asbestos in ‘leaking’ roof

By Alex Jones in Local People

A HOUSING association has come under fire from a resident who is concerned about asbestos and repair “delays”.

Gwyn Roberts, 62, lives indepenedently in the Felin Uchaf complex in Dolgellau along with several other elderly or vulnerable residents.

After retiring early due to medical issues, Mr Roberts moved into his property, maintained by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), five years ago.

In those five years, the 62-year-old claims he has faced an uphill battle to get his flat to an acceptable living standard and to get CCG to even respond to his complaints.

“My roof, and several others around here, has been leaking like a sieve for a long time now,” Mr Roberts told the Cambrian News.

“I’ve made numerous complaints and it’s only through constant nagging that anything is getting done.

“After 18 months of perpetual pestering I’ve managed to get them to replace my roof and my neighbouring flats too but we’re the only ones as far as I can see.

“They’ve told us to stay indoors whilst the work is ongoing as there’s asbestos in the roof – they won’t tell me what kind – so that begs the question of whether a leaky roof with asbestos in it is safe?

“I’ve spoken to other residents about it and they’ve expressed their concern too.

“I’ve seen the state of some of the roofing timbers throughout the site, something serious will happen unless the proper measures are taken.”

A CCG spokesperson said: “Many houses constructed before 1999 contain asbestos materials. When we commission any works that disrupt the fabric of the building, we check for the presence of asbestos and, if found, appropriate action is taken.

“Asbestos-related material was present in the roof of 6 and 7 Felin Uchaf and specialist contractors were appointed to have it removed.

“Following an inspection, it was also identified that the most viable solution for these properties was to completely replace the roofs.

“We have appointed contractors who are currently working on site.”

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