In response to COVID-19:
At the present time, many of our contractors companies are closed and we are relying on a small number for emergency works only. Until advised further, all routine and non urgent repairs will be put on hold, with the exception of the annual boiler servicing, and we will be moving to strictly emergencies only.
Please continue to use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address to report emergencies and we will deal with them as soon as possible. If a contractor does attend, you will be asked to complete a pre-works questionnaire and we would ask for your cooperation with this. If you or a family member are unwell, we will endeavour to get the contractors to talk you through making the matter safe until such time as a full repair can be carried out.
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time and with best wishes to you and your families.
The Property Committee aims to provide and maintain good quality cost effective housing to support clergy in their ministry. Its comitte work to provide the best standards of accommodation as possible, within a budget agreed by the Diocesan Synod. Standards of accommodation are set out further within the clergy housing handbook.
The Property Committee takes account of the Synodical Environmental Policy as far as is practicable within available budgets. In terms of clergy housing, the most overt and tangible examples of this policy in action are:
- uPVC replacement double glazed windows fitted to as many properties as possible
- a gradual upgrade programme of all central heating boilers to SEDBUK A-rated condensing boilers, complemented by modern systems of control.
- Upgrading of all loft insulation to the current building regulation recommendation of 270mm of mineral wool
- a multitude of energy conservation aids (such as draft proofing) which are adopted where possible during improvement or refurbishment work.
The Property Committee (nor the Diocesan Board of Finance as an organisation) does not provide retirement housing for clergy. A well-subscribed system is operated however by the Church of England Pensions Board. The Church of England website contains a good deal of information for those looking and planning ahead.
For property related queries, please see the Clergy Housing Handbook (above) and contact the Diocesan Office for any additional assistance. Detailed guidance is issued by the Diocesan Office between three and four weeks prior to outgoing removals.
Members of PCCs who are looking ahead to, or within a vacancy should refer to the archidiaconal advice given in the booklet
Emergency Housing Repairs during Christmas 2019
The Diocesan Office will close at 5.00pm on Friday 20 December 2019 until 9.00am on Monday 30 December 2019 then again from 5.00pm on the 31 December 2019 until 9.00am on
Thursday 2 January 2020. During these times, there is emergency cover in place.
If you have an urgent repair/issue which cannot wait until the office re-opens, you can contact the following contractors who have agreed to provide emergency cover:
Heating (gas and oil) and plumbing:
EPPH - 01473 559071
JCW Saunders - 01394 389637
C J Electrical - 07775 742553/07827 942753
Ipswich Glass and Glazing — Steve Adams on 07790 201045
You may contact your own local contractor under the De Minimis scheme (emergency works up to the value of £300) ensuring all invoices are made out to the Diocesan Board of Finance and sent to the Diocesan Office as soon as possible in the New Year.
Heating systems and general points
If you are planning to take holiday over the Christmas period or during the winter months in general, it is important to keep your property/ adequately heated. Please ensure that the heating is left on low throughout your break and that a key-holder checks the house daily to ensure the heating system is operating - this is a requirement of the Diocesan Insurance Policy.
If you have a gas combination boiler and it cuts out in freezing weather, it may be caused by the condensation pipe freezing. If this occurs and it is safe to do so, pour hot water over the pipe to remove the ice. The boiler should then restart automatically.
Outside taps should be turned off wherever possible using an isolation valve within the property.
For emergencies only
In the event of an emergency such as fire or flood please contact your archdeacon.