Thursday 12 January 2012 8.18am
Has anyone been through and won / lost in a battle against Southwark Council
after they tried to impose new windows on their block?
We learnt last night from a local councillor that new windows are pencilled in at Perronet House
for later this decade. Several of us don't welcome this. Here's the case against the windows, just in case anyone shares my view and has advice about how to make the case against this 'investment'.
- Our windows are galvanised steel and more than half the surface area is already double glazed
- The council have neglectfully tolerated the installation of single glazed panes when a breakage of a double glazed panes has been needed
- Perronet House
is chronically over heated due to poorly insulated pipe work for the hot water and heating. I have a "hot cupboards" in my kitchen that food cannot be stored in, a hallway cupboard that is a furnace and a wall in my living room that is perpetually hot. It would require council investment to reduce this wastage
- On a typically mild winter's day you'll see many Perronet House
windows open because a flat's temperature cannot be easily controlled and they are often over heated rather than chilly.
- Our communal heating system has no thermostatic control in the flats. If every radiator in each room had a thermostatic valve rooms would be less likely to over heat or get cold
- I know many neighbours with radiators that need 'bleeding'. One in this situation was heating his flat with his gas cooker because he was so cold. I doubt the council has helped tenants or leaseholds bleed their radiators, even with some advice in this direction.
- Our windows have asbestos window sills. Based on past experience of major works here the council has no record or understanding of the position and extent of asbestos in the building and will not have factored in this cost to the plans.
- The windows extend across the east and west facade of every major room in the house. Those with fitted kitchens will have a wall of the kitchen destroyed if the windows are torn out and replaced. Their installation is a very significant disruption.
- Aesthetically our windows 'make' Perronet House
, both inside and out.
- We're already each about £13,000 in debt towards major works. We don't want more major costs any time soon.
Recommendation for "Warm Homes Investment":
- Bleed radiators
- Fit thermostatic valves to radiators
- Insulate any drafty windows with plastic excluders
- Insulate internal pipework
- Provide reflective panels behind radiators
- If really necessary instal secondary glazing but do not remove the existing windows
Does any of the above trigger some nods, shakes of heads? Advice welcome.