Berkshire news 'Rat-infested' flats in Reading will be transformed PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The blocks in Coley will be developed into new properties as part of an ongoing housing scheme
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Flats where neighbours complained were infested with rats are going to be developed as part of a transformation of the area. The three blocks in Coley, Reading, will be refurbished as the new housing scheme enters its second stage. The Wensley Road homes have been plagued by rodents - some the size of cats - according to people living there. But now the homes are about to get a new lease of life as work on the second part of the scheme, which was given planning permission in August last year, will soon start. Sign up to get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox The plan also includes the development of 46 flats and two play areas. As well as renovation works improve the look of the three tower blocks – Wensley Court, Irving Court and Riversley Court – the works will include changes to the problematic bins and fire safety improvements. Over the last few years, neighbours have complained of “rats the size of cats” and demanded action on the infestation, with the council struggling to tackle the issue. All bins will move inside, under the new plans, with the ground floor to be extended to provide increased capacity for refuse and recycling storage and management. A “robust brick base” will also be put in place at all three buildings up to the second floor window height to prevent rats entering through to the insulation.
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. The three tower blocks were built between 1958 and 1960 and last renovated in 1993. They contain 267 flats in total, with 89 apartments in each block. The phase two plans also include landscaping works, such as new cycling and walking routes and woodland planting, adding to the works in phase one which feature an activity trail, a five -11 year olds play area, under fives play area and an outdoor gym.
Fire safety is also a big part of the plans, with plans to replace the existing external fabric of the building with a non-combustible system. Meanwhile, sprinklers and a new fire alarm system are currently being installed. Additionally, garages displaced by the 56-home development will be replaced. Construction of the 56 new flats is expected to be complete sometime between December 2022 and March 2023. The council is also planning improvements at the nearby Courage Park, including improved access, lighting and play facilities, while a new hub will replace the current housing management office at Riversley Court.
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