Lancaster woman’s pebbledashing bill cut by £2,000

Denise Sutcliffe with her new bill, reduced to �3,171 for pebble dashing outside her home at Sandfield house in Hala.

Denise Sutcliffe with her new bill, reduced to �3,171 for pebble dashing outside her home at Sandfield house in Hala.

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A WOMAN who received a £5,000 bill from Lancaster City Council for pebbledashing her two bedroom flat has had £2,000 wiped off the cost.

Denise Sutcliffe, who owns her council flat at Sandfield House, Hala, said she was relieved about the reduction but still thought her new bill was excessive.

The work was carried out by Longridge-based building contractors HT Forrest last year on behalf of Lancaster City Council as part of an ongoing £8m council housing programme of works across the city.

Initially, Forrest quoted £441,000 for the work on 60 properties – 56 flats and four shops – on the Hala Estate, an average of £7,350 per property.

Following a revision of the work a tender was submitted and agreed for £341,820, or £5,697 per property. Lancaster City Council said the final cost of the job is approximately £302,000, or £5,033 per property.

An internal audit report into the contract between the city council and Forrest revealed a number of issues including an initial lack of confidence and communication, misunderstandings between the two parties, and lines of accountability that needed to be enforced.

See the Lancaster Guardian (26-01-12) for full story.