Last week Rye News reported on cladding which had fallen off a house in Valley Park in Rye, and residents there are now being asked if there have been any other similar incidents.
As the development is set in a park, residents pay for its upkeep through an assocation (Valley Park Estate Ltd) which is shortly to hold its Annual General Meeting.
In its newsletter the association says “it has been brought to our attention that several properties have had problems with bits of exterior cladding and/or interior coving falling down.
“This could obviously be quite dangerous and cause damage to people and property. The coving problem seems to be mostly on property in Vidler Square and parts of Peacocke Way.
“Please check your cladding and coving and report to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if there is any sign of trouble that needs to be investigated.
“Jenners (the builders) say that they are only aware of two isolated incidents of cladding coming off so if the problem is more widespread than that we need to bring this to their attention urgently”.
The householder affected by last week’s incident believes there have been at least seven cases and the problem arises because cladding has been nailed in, rather than screwed.
[Editor’s note: I live in Valley Park, but my tiny terrace was built the year the banks collapsed and has no cladding on the outside, though there is coving inside. However my garage is separate and built under a bungalow, and the garage roof is leaking – which has apparently affected the next door garage too.]
Image Credits: J. Minter .