Meet the RFCA’s new surveyor Lucy Buckley who is leading efforts to ensure a detachment of army cadets can soon return to its own cadet hut.
Cadets at Waltham Detachment had to stop parading at their ‘home’ hut on the outskirts of Grimsby before the summer because water was leaking through the roof. As a result they have been taking up temporary residence at Westward Ho Army Reserve Centre.
But with the addition of an extra surveyor to the RFCA’s estates team, the efforts to enable the cadets to return home has been given extra impetus.
“I’m pulling out all the stops and if all goes to plan we’re hoping the Waltham Detachment will be up and running again by the end of Spring, “ said Lucy.
“There’s quite a bit of work to do but the hope is to get contractors on site as soon as possible after Christmas.”
To bring the hut back up to standard, the RFCA will be replacing its roof and installing new, higher fencing to make the site more secure. It will also need to replace plaster work and redecorate where incoming water has caused damage.
“It’s clear from the way the hut has been maintained and decorated that it is a much-loved home for the cadets so we’re keen to put in the investment needed as soon as possible,” said Lucy.