The Council has withdrawn its application for an Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO) in relation to the flats above Coral because works on-site are progressing well. Had it not done this, the Council's application was likely to have been struck out by the Tribunal.
The Council has indicated that, should the works stall, it is prepared to resubmit the case for hearing - and any failure on Coomes part to progress these works to a satisfactory conclusion will strengthen the Council's hand against them in future.
There is no evidence yet of improvements to the exterior of the building, though these would be considered necessary if the flats are to be fully pigeon-proof and fit for human habitation.
Reports of apparent progress on this case are welcomed. Any queries should be directed to Nick.Long@lewisham.gov.uk.