Plans to rebuild Canvey dream house destroyed by fire delayed

Angry - Tom Grant with plans

Angry - Tom Grant with plans

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A MAN has hit out at a council for delays in trying to rebuild his dream home on Canvey, which was destroyed by fire.

Tom and Valerie Grant could only watch on as fire ripped through their Canvey house in Beverley Avenue, last January, leaving them homeless.

They submitted plans to Castle Point Council last July to rebuild it, in the hopes of being back home by 2014.

But almost a year on, they are still living in temporary accommodation. Mr Grant, 65, said: “We don’t deserve this.

“We have been told it could be months. It was meant to be finished by May, but now it could be well into the summer.

“They have demolished the old bungalow and built all the inside. But we need permission now for the outside bricks and the council said it could take eight to ten weeks for the plans to be approved.

“We want to get it finished now. We’ve had enough. None of this is our fault.”

The blaze started on January 15, 2013, after a boiler exploded and fire tore through the one-bedroom bungalow.

Mr Grant helped his wife, Valerie, and dog, Millie, to safety before returning to try to fight the flames himself.

It took eight crews from Basildon, Rayleigh Weir, Leigh and Corringham three hours to extinguish the fire.

Neighbours claimed the fire had been started by faulty electrical repairs which had been done in the street.

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the claim, but it was later dropped.

A spokesman for Castle Point Council said: “There are two applications before the council from Mr and Mrs Grant and both of them have been given priority. 

“A decision is to be made shortly.”

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7:12am Wed 14 May 14

sesibollox says...

The so called delay, are his own doing, plans which by all accounts are, well a little unclear...
The so called delay, are his own doing, plans which by all accounts are, well a little unclear... sesibollox
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9:32am Wed 14 May 14

Letmetryagain says...

Again, we only hear one side of the story.
Again, we only hear one side of the story. Letmetryagain
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12:23pm Wed 14 May 14

Idontknowy says...

But it does give cause for concern. Apparently the Council now charges council tax even if the home is uninhabitable. So long delays put the people who are unable to live in their homes in the undesirable position of having to pay council tax on two properties
But it does give cause for concern. Apparently the Council now charges council tax even if the home is uninhabitable. So long delays put the people who are unable to live in their homes in the undesirable position of having to pay council tax on two properties Idontknowy
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12:46pm Wed 14 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Idontknowy wrote:
But it does give cause for concern. Apparently the Council now charges council tax even if the home is uninhabitable. So long delays put the people who are unable to live in their homes in the undesirable position of having to pay council tax on two properties
not if they live in a tent...
[quote][p][bold]Idontknowy[/bold] wrote: But it does give cause for concern. Apparently the Council now charges council tax even if the home is uninhabitable. So long delays put the people who are unable to live in their homes in the undesirable position of having to pay council tax on two properties[/p][/quote]not if they live in a tent... Nowthatsworthknowing
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4:25pm Wed 14 May 14

leslog says...

petty laws causing delays here
petty laws causing delays here leslog
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5:01pm Wed 14 May 14

runwellian says...

Idontknowy wrote:
But it does give cause for concern. Apparently the Council now charges council tax even if the home is uninhabitable. So long delays put the people who are unable to live in their homes in the undesirable position of having to pay council tax on two properties
But had he not started to rebuild the home, there would have been property to tax,it would just be a piece of land!
[quote][p][bold]Idontknowy[/bold] wrote: But it does give cause for concern. Apparently the Council now charges council tax even if the home is uninhabitable. So long delays put the people who are unable to live in their homes in the undesirable position of having to pay council tax on two properties[/p][/quote]But had he not started to rebuild the home, there would have been property to tax,it would just be a piece of land! runwellian
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