Improvements reduce Wharncliffe flats vandalism

Improvements reduce Wharncliffe flats vandalism

By Gareth Dennison | 24/06/2022

Improvements reduce Wharncliffe flats vandalism

A REDUCTION in vandalism is already being seen at Wharncliffe, the council said after mending lights and gates at the troubled flats.

A stabbing incident there last July brought wider problems with drugs and anti-social behaviour into focus, leading to MP Sarah Champion calling a residents’ meeting in November.

Some tenants have expressed frustration at the pace of improvements since \_ but RMBC insists strong progress has been made.

The authority says changes have included:
- the replacement of more than 100 light bulbs to improve safety
- completion of all outstanding brickwork repairs
- over ten gate repairs
- installation of “high-quality” CCTV
- new doors on bin stores.

A Rotherham Council spokesperson said: “The council is committed to working with residents to address any concerns that may arise.

“Since September, significant improvement works have been undertaken at Wharncliffe flats on the masonry, security gates and lighting.

“This includes over £11,000 on communal access gates, renewal of door entry panels, welding and fabrication works, new locking mechanisms and closers.

“Brickwork repairs to the communal boundary walls and columns have also been carried out.

“Lighting has been repaired and replaced to improve visibility and safety in communal areas.

“Furthermore high quality CCTV has been installed and we’re already seeing the positive effects of this in a reduction of reported vandalism.

“We remain responsive to residents and they are welcome to raise any issues by calling us on 01709 336009.”

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