A block of flats, in south London, required immediate attention when water started leaking from the roof into a tenant’s property. Unusually the property had a roof garden, and when it rained water-laid in soil would sit above the flats and it started to leak through. The original plan was to move the plants and soil from one side to the other in order to find the leak. However, this would not stop if it were to happen again therefore the plan was changed to remove the whole garden. This would turn out to be a massive task. Cherry pickers and scaffolding were required to carry out the works. It took 14 men, 12 hours a day, 5 days, 8 floors up, to remove 171 tons of earth. The soil and vegetation was handled one bucket at a time, passed down a rubbish chute to the ground floor and then loaded on the trucks to be disposed of.
Anti-social behaviour is a common problem for property managers and business owners and takes many forms including the after effects of joy-riders.
Experts have warned; buyers of new build properties are at risk to Japanese knotweed due to a legal loophole.
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Many asset owners will already be aware of the devastating effects that vandalism and arson can have on a business as it is expensive and time-consuming to deal with these. Deterring such crimes is difficult, however, as most vandalism, including graffiti and arson, occurs at night and on weekends when sites or properties are vacant.
Canterbury Archaeological Trust has been left devastated after a series of break-ins occurred in one week at the end of January when around 1,500 items of priceless archaeological artifacts were stolen.
Clearway has attended some of the worst areas for fly-tipping whilst working for KCC.
According to new research, by a Government organisation, more than 11,000 homes across the country have been lying empty for longer than a decade. This research also includes figures for both five years or more (23,000 empty properties) and again for two years or more (60,000 empty properties).
Warning to all Property Owners: Your empty property is at risk!
Three men were caught on camera dumping a fridge, an old ironing board and many other items on the side of a country lane.
Amazon needed a high-tech deterrent to help prevent potential intrusion and anti-social behaviour in the public road used to access their distribution centre. Clearway’s solution was to install two CCTV towers with cameras facing the entrance and exit of the multi-story car park where anti-social behaviour is common.
A new report has revealed that there are almost 30,000 homes left empty in Cornwall. One in ten homes is left vacant, this is 11.2% of the housing stock in the county. This will alarm the thousands of people of who are on housing waiting lists in Cornwall.
Living alone and with mental health issues, it’s no wonder this tenant’s living conditions were left to deteriorate.
A request for us to provide a drug-detection dog unit demonstrates how no two days are the same at Clearway. Our client, a college, requested the sniffer dog to scout-out both the site and pupils in search of illegal substances and, in a single six-hour session, the dog found 15 separate indications of drugs on site.
Former Shedden Hall hotel, home to squatters and drug users, burns again.
Vacant properties are not confined only to the UK and the many problems associated with them are the same everywhere. Illegal occupation, vandalism, theft and willful damage occur everywhere the temptation of an empty property exists.
St Mary’s church, Shrewsbury, was hit by thieves twice in the space of 4 months during 2017. First in July, when 250ft² of lead was stolen from the roof of the church and again in September, 150ft².
Oasis Academy Shirley Park’s Long Lane campus have been appealing for supporters to help raise money for the nursery’s new play area. The old play area left the children bringing muck into the classroom constantly.
Clearway work with intu to protect Lakeside.
Clearway have recently secured the cheapest house in Britain which is available to buy for just £5,000.
Clearway bikes finally find a home!
Japanese knotweed is one of the most invasive and destructive plants in the UK. Originally brought over here in the nineteenth century, it was imported to Britain to help hide, or possibly even stabilise, railway embankments.
For the third consecutive year, Gideon Reichental, Commercial Sales Manager at Clearway Services, has been elected as BSIA Chairman of Vacant Property Protection.
When a local authority tenant was found to be living in squalid conditions, Clearway was called-in at very short notice to clean an entire house from top to bottom.
Summer is finally here and school holidays are upon us but what does that mean for schools?
The Clearway brand has continued to evolve and is recognised as being reliable and trustworthy, with extremely high value placed on both quality and customer service.
What would be the perfect building for a rave? A vacant one.
Ocado’s £250million depot in Dartford, Kent, was invaded by more than a dozen caravans, helping themselves to showering facilities, towels, food and drink. Using a van, they pulled away a giant boulder that was blocking the warehouse entrance to gain access.
The police often deal with difficult crime and trauma scenes.
Whilst the rumours that Japanese knotweed can grow through solid concrete foundations or break into underground water pipes are untrue, it is an extremely aggressive plant, growing at the rate of 1 meter every three weeks during its growing season.
The care home industry is in crisis. Since 2010, more than 380 have been declared insolvent and Care Homes continue to close at a steady rate. According to the Care Quality Commission, five hundred care homes have closed in the capital in the past decade. Almost 2,000 care homes in England have closed over the past 6 years, with providers claiming that this is due to the living wage and gap in funding for care.
For the 2015 / 2016 year, local authorities dealt with 936 thousand fly-tipping incidents, a 4% increase over 2014 / 2015 and is continuing to rise.
Terrace Guest House, a former hotel in Royal Terrace, Essex was taken-over by squatters whilst the building was being refurbished. They immediately put up signs within the property claiming they had the right to live there.
Clearway is delighted to have been awarded the SSAIB standard as a mark of excellence for its award-winning temporary alarm system.
In January 2017, we launched our brand new, refreshed website.
Foal Farm is a non-government funded animal sanctuary which rehomes many animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, sheep, pigs and chickens. As part of the main project to refurbish the kennels they redesigned the main dog run to provide a more stimulating environment.
When an elderly pedestrian was struck by a speeding car at a sat of lights, one of our teams was quick to rush to his aid and provide assistance until the emergency services arrived.
Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish were dumped by fly-tippers at a disused business park in south London in just nine days.