11th February 2019, 12:45
Works at Bishop Canilla House are delayed by a month, due to adverse weather conditions and logistical issues, although this will not translate into any extra cost to the taxpayer. This according to the Government, which claims a major refurbishment was needed as the block, built by the previous administration, has always had problems as a result of defective and substandard construction.
Last week the GSD Opposition claimed no work had been carried out on the site since before Christmas.
The Government says that once the works are complete, the block will be upgraded to the same standard as the purpose-built accommodation for the elderly at Charles Bruzon House and Seamaster Lodge.
It says the works will not only improve the building aesthetically, but will also remedy the water ingress problem as well as improving the environmental footprint of the building.
Housing Minister Samantha Sacramento says the elderly community is very important to the Government which is hoping to: restore and improve the quality of life of the residents of Bishop Canilla House by improving the environment in which they live to the highest standard, and; prevent the building from again falling into a state of disrepair.
The temporary inconvenience, says Miss Sacramento, will be short-term and "well worth it". She says housing officials are mindful of the tenants and their needs and are monitoring the works closely to ensure that the tight schedule results in as little disruption to them as possible.