New stairs for Parkwood flats

2019-04-02 06:00
The staircases that will be upgraded.

The staircases that will be upgraded.

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Planned upgrades in Parkwood will see seven triple storey blocks of flats receive new staircases.

The old, dilapidated staircases will be removed and reconstructed over the next seven to nine months.

Work is currently being carried out in Alida Court, to be followed by Beulah Court, Corin Court, Denise Court, Francis Court, Edna Court and Gerda Court.

“I’m quite happy to report that the housing department has secured some funding to replace the staircases we have in Parkwood,” says ward 66 councillor William Akim.

Akim adds letters were sent to all the residents who are staying in the flats to be upgraded, to inform them of the work to be done and the safety risk it may pose. “What is also being done is that residents were warned to say that they must look after their kids because the scaffolding is a bit problematic, so a safety net was covered right around the staircases to prevent any injuries from taking place. From the contractor’s side, safety notifications were placed along the staircases. Luckily for us, we don’t have residents who are in wheelchairs,” he says.

There’s always a concern with employment opportunities within the area, but Akim says that only those who live in Parkwood will have the opportunity to help with the upgrade project and should consult their community liaison officer (CLO), Derrick Majiet.

“So far we have not received any complaints from the residents. What is also happening is that unemployed guys who are staying in that courts will get a job opportunity. One of the concerns was that some of the guys cannot move around from one area to another, so it was suggested that we rather utilise people who stay there in the court. The City has also appointed the CLO who has the freedom to walk around in Parkwood, a senior guy who has stayed in Parkwood for more than 50 years. He will recruit guys who stay in those particular flats,” Akim explains.

The current staircases of the Parkwood flats do not have galvanised railings, with concerns raised around the cracking cement on the stairs.

“The staircases that they are busy installing now is a galvanised fence to support the railings. The staircases that they are putting on the steps are going to be much better because it is of better quality. Once this is done, we can go back to the residents at these different flats, to hear from them if they are satisfied with that,” Akim says.

These flats will also have wash basins installed in their bathrooms.

“As I went around, I received positive feedback with the new upgrades which is taking place within the area. In the new financial year which is going to start from 1 July 2019, we will continue with the installation of the aluminium window frames and the painting of the flats in Parkwood which was previously stopped. I am pleased and happy that at least we are bringing service and upgrades to our ward,” said Akim.

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