The Decks is highlighted in the Council’s own Town Deal presentation as having ‘helped to introduce new residential populations and created an attractive riverside residential corridor.’ Yet it is now in imminent danger of becoming a derelict eyesore because it doesn’t meet post-Grenfell fire regulations, despite being signed off by Council inspectors when built and bought in good faith by leaseholders. The development is under 18 meters which means it is not eligible for central government funding to fix. Leaseholders will be bankrupted if forced to pay the hundreds of thousands – if not millions – to correct errors which should have been picked up on by Halton Borough Council on construction.
If the development is allowed to fall derelict, funding will not come around again to put it right for decades to come and it will be a huge and very visible eyesore. Not only does the Council have a moral obligation to step it, but it should form a key part of any sensible regeneration plan.
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