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Building Control Strikes Back!
|Incredible. I can't believe my chimneys really warrant such close supervision by the local Building Control Department.
||Today, I received a letter stating that the engineer employed by the council to check my engineer's work needs clarification. Just a couple of issues here then.
Firstly - too late: The works been done!
The chimneybreasts have both been removed down to first floor level and the remaining stacks are supported according to my engineer's recommended solution. What's the point of giving them 48 hours notice, if they aren't going to use it?
With both my mobile and home number on the form, they could have telephoned before we started (let alone finished) and said hold on, we want to look into this.Nope they would rather trundle along like some textbook bureaucracy preserved from the seventies.
Secondly, what the hell is the point of me employing a professional at my expense and their behest, if they are then going to employ another to check his work. Surely, on a job this size they ought to be able to rely on the integrity of the profession itself?
OK, so it's frustrating coming up against a jobs worth, but what makes matters worse is that the Department seems to consider itself unanswerable to its bill payers;I wrote to the head of Building Control in early December LAST YEAR and still haven't received an acknowledgement or reply.What can you do - write to the Chief Executive. That's on the cards if things don't get resolved soon.
On a brighter note, I put Father on the road back to Norfolk this morning, so I have the place to myself again. We achieved a lot - not least the chimneys and new soil pipe - but it's nice to have everything back in my hands again. He does tend to take over a bit!
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