Neighbours plea to fix crumbling wall

Residents of Montrose Avenue who are angry abou the poor state of the boundry walls which are crumbling, Omer Cevikbas, Angel and William Lavin

Residents of Montrose Avenue who are angry abou the poor state of the boundry walls which are crumbling, Omer Cevikbas, Angel and William Lavin

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TWO neighbours fear a crumbling wall separating their properties could collapse and hurt someone.

They are now locked in a bitter dispute with Wigan Council about the matter over who is responsible for repairing the concrete fence.

The divide separates the homes of Angela Lavin and Omer Cevikbas and was built around 20 years ago after a public footpath was closed off.

Now though, with the wall in need of serious repair, Mrs Lavin says it is the council who should fund the cost and re-build another one and not her 70-year-old husband.

It was the authority who decided to use concrete walls but after so many years, they are now on the verge of collapse.

“The two houses used to have a footpath between them,” said Mrs Lavin.

“We took the extra land and they put the wall up but it’s started to crumble.

“The council has put it up and they’re now saying they can’t do anything about it.

“So I’ve told them if it falls over then there will be something they have to do about it.

“The support is crumbling because it’s been there for years. If it falls over and hurts somebody it could be really serious.

“If it was just pulled down we would be open to the elements and we don’t want that.

“I’ve told them it’s their wall and not mine, they put it there.”

Mrs Lavin’s next door neighbour Mr Cevikbas believes nearby roadworks on Montrose Avenue could have had some effect on them crumbling.

United Utilities have been carrying out sewer works in the area with workers often using powerful drilling equipment.

However, Mr Cevikbas believes old age is also a factor and is pleading with Wigan Council to rectify the issue before the wall falls and hurts somebody.

He said: “It’s really dangerous and if it falls it could seriously hurt someone.

“It started to crumble when they were doing roadworks outside our house so I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it at all. It really needs sorting out because it is falling to pieces and is so dangerous.

“If the council put it up, they should sort it.”

The Evening Post approached Wigan Council for comment but no-one was available to respond.