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    Weʼve raised £3,130 to Young family facing £90,000 repair bill for crumbling Victorian era wall, the VoG Council say they own

    Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 12th January 2019

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    The Vale of Glamorgan Council have turned the lives of Barry residents Aisha & Lloyd Bailey upside down. The VoG Council have issued criminal proceedings against Lloyd Bailey, under Section 77 of "The Building Act 1984" for a Dangerous Structure located at the rear of their home, which is not in their ownership!

    The dangerous retaining wall at the rear of their garden supports the dwellings of the neighbouring Victorian era property, built in 1892, which is circa 100 years older than the Bailey's home.

    The required safety works were committed to be undertaken by the Council in December 2013, using the powers under Section 78 of "The Building Act 1984" and further confirmed this to the young family prior to the purchase of their first home in early 2014, noting;

    serious concerns over the current condition of the retaining wall and as a result now intends to take the necessary action to protect the public located within the immediate vicinity of the retaining wall".

    Later in 2014, the Local Authority then unexpectedly claimed all residents in Bastian Close now own the dangerous structure and therefore were responsible for its repair and maintenance. All seven homes received a bill for the report the council commissioned, though they knew nothing about this before its issue.

    Lloyd and Aisha have been trying to resolve the issue with the Council ever since and have been unable to access their garden in these four years! They have issued three reports to the Vale Council, with the last one formally provided by a boundary expert noting;

    the line of legal boundary is the external face of the wall abutting".

    The Council had issued a draft report and refused to share the final version prior to recent court proceedings.

    The Council further commissioned a condition report in April 2018, noting;

    the wall is in a dangerous condition and is liable to further collapse".

    The necessary expert defence and the required legal representation both come at a considerable cost, to which the young family are struggling financially to afford and face the unfair reality that they may lose their home. If they lose the case it would cost upward to £90,000 to address the works in their entirety, depending on the decision and extent of works to be undertaken.

    The issue has been widely publicised and records the plight of the family. A court hearing has recently taken place with a further date scheduled in November 2018. Funds have therefore been committed for legal costs to the region of £3k to reach the current stage, with a further estimate of £12k to reach the November trial date.

    Any donations at all will help the young family in what has destroyed and devastated the lives of the family. I am sorry but I will be unable to go into further details or respond to questions whilst the court case ensues. I will retain invoices for any kind persons making donations, that would wish to see these at a later date.

    Thank you so much for reading and taking an interest and on behalf of Aisha & Lloyd; our deepest and warmest thanks are extended to anyone in a position to donate.

    I would intend to keep this fund open until the end of 2018 and hope that the issue is resolved by then.

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    • Beverley Bailey5 days ago
      Beverley Bailey

      Beverley Bailey

      5 days ago
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    • Beverley Bailey5 days ago
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      Beverley Bailey

      5 days ago

      There has been no progress and the Council has informed the family that the danger is nothing to do with them; even though £25k of public funds was spent prosecuting. An Environmental Health Officer has emailed to inspect the interior & exterior of their home, even though they have 3 surveys 2 commissioned / paid for by Council. The Council are not cooperating for the court administration, therefore, as the fund is closing I will update you on the dedicated FB page if you can join if you haven't. www.facebook.com/collapsingvictorianwall thanks

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    • Beverley Bailey19 days ago
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      Beverley Bailey

      19 days ago

      Hi All, Hope everyone had a good Christmas break. My weekly update does not contain any progress but we are continuing to update the Facebook page also. I will update you in the new year on the recovery of costs progress, the Council review on their position and any action and our next steps including media. The family did receive a visit this week from the prospective MP candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan, Belinda Loveluck Edwards, whom we hope can help facilitate a positive outcome. Happy new year, I hope 2019 is good to you. Bev

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    81

    • Steve Johnson

      Steve Johnson

      Dec 24, 2018

      Council happy to waste our money on screwing you over

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 12, 2018

      God bless you guys.

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 12, 2018

      Good luck

    • David Watson

      David Watson

      Nov 12, 2018

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 11, 2018

      Good luck

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 11, 2018

      £20.00

    • Tania Roberts

      Tania Roberts

      Nov 10, 2018

      Thinking of you all xx Tania and Allan

      £50.00

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    Beverley Bailey

    Beverley Bailey

    Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, UK

    I am the mother to Lloyd, mother-in-law to Aisha and grandmother to Ripley and regular dog sitter to Obi. They bought their house in the understanding that the crumbling wall was being addressed, it never was and they have been unable to use their garden for the past four yrs.

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