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Friday, December 1, 2023

Some council homes to be tested for RAAC concrete

Some council tenants in Llangollen are being informed that their homes are to be tested for Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC). 

However, the county council says it is "reasonably confident" that none will be found.

This type of concrete is known to have been associated with structural problems in certain buildings and tests for it are being carried out by councils across the UK.

A letter to tenants from a senior officer of Denbighshire County Council says: "I am writing to advise you that we are in the process of sending letters to some of our council home tenants informing that we will be contacting a sample of them, to arrange to carry out an inspection in their homes, to look for the above concrete, known as RAAC. 

"Welsh Government have instructed these checks to be carried out on housing stock built between 1950 and 1990. We are reasonably confident that we will not find any of this type of concrete in our homes. 

"We don’t wish to cause any undue alarm to our tenants, however, these checks, as mentioned are instructed by WG and are necessary. We have asked a company called Xrail to carry out these checks for us. 

"In the unlikely event that RAAC is discovered in any of our properties, we will instruct a further more detailed survey and carry out a risk assessment as tenant safety is paramount, to determine what remedial works we will need to carry out, this may include temporarily having to re-home some tenants whilst work is carried out."

The letter then gives details of the officer to contact for questions and further information. 

The same letter is being sent to tenants in Denbigh, Cefn Meiriadog, Rhyl, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Meliden and Dyserth.

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