STG Building Control Partnership has prosecuted a Medway builder, Lee Goodearl of KG Builders Ltd, under Section 35(1) of the Building Act.
The case was taken to Medway Magistrates’ Court and Mr Goodearl failed to attend court and the case was proved in his absence.
The extension he was constructing had a number of contraventions:
- Roof was not fixed to the main building correctly
- Manhole have been built over as opposed to being relocated as requested and no build-over agreement obtained
- Roof tiles were unsuitable of the pitch of the roof
- Incorrectly insulated particularly within roof and floor
- Dangerous electrical installation and not compliant with manufacturer’s guidance
The court fined Mr Goodearl £10,000 and ordered him to pay costs of £841 and a victim surcharge of £170, totalling £11,011.
Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “All building works must meet regulations in order to protect the safety of our residents. I am appalled that in this case the builder deliberately abused the trust of his customers and took payments throughout the works which have left them out of pocket and with works in contravention of the Building Regulations. I would encourage anyone who has any doubts over whether building works have been completed to the required standard to contact building control to report their concerns.”
STG Socials and Fund Raising
Throughout the year, STG officers take part in several events to raise money for charity, whether they are organised internally or externally. For those events we organise in the office, we choose a different charity for different events.
2019 was quite a busy year for us as a team and individually! We raised a total of £2148.51 and money went to MacMillan, Breast Cancer, Epilepsy Research UK and The Royal Marsden Hospital.
We have already started our fund raising for 2020... Our Technical Administrator, Nicholas Buck retired this year and rather than gifts, he requested his collection money of £130.00 was donated to Epilepsy Research UK.
We will again be supporting MacMillan Coffee Morning in September and will have another Festive Fundraising at Christmas (Charity to be decided).
Individually, we have some external events coming up...
Our Technical Administrator, Kirsty will be joining in with a Zumbathon in aid of Mind in March and some of our Surveyors will be taking part in the 5k Pretty Muddy Race for Life in Mote Park in July
Check out this section regularly for what is coming up and ways you can donate to our chosen charities if you would like to!
Medway Council - Regeneration
As one of STG Building Control’s Partner Local Authorities, Medway Council’s strategy for improving the area for the benefit of all residents, workers and visitors is through a substantial regeneration programme. Please see the below attachment of the regeneration sites entitled "Putting Medway on The Map" and why Medway is a great place to live, work and visit.
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