Asbestos and Legionella Found at Huddersfield Housing Complex

Residents of a Huddersfield housing complex are set to be rehoused while major works are carried out to address significant health and safety issues. Kirklees Council’s Cabinet report revealed that Sycamore Grange in Golcar has a number of issues, including asbestos insulating board in the communal corridors and lounge, and the presence of legionella in the pipework of one flat. The tenant of the affected flat has already been rehoused.

The cabinet will tomorrow approve the rehousing of remaining tenants and their families. The process is expected to begin in April and should be completed within 12 months. New housing options for some of the households have already been identified by the council and each household affected by the rehousing will be entitled to the Government’s Statutory Home Loss Payment of £7,800. The maximum total cost of rehoming the Sycamore Grange tenants is estimated to be £300,000. The redevelopment of the site is expected to take a further 18-24 months.

The most straightforward solution is to rehouse all remaining tenants, demolish the existing scheme and redevelop the site. Any redevelopment will include as a minimum new housing for older people.

Kirklees Council’s Cabinet

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