Residents’ anger over work on council homes

Residents of council houses in Hindley are unhappy about the state of the work being carried out on their homes
Residents of council houses in Hindley are unhappy about the state of the work being carried out on their homes
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RESIDENTS have spoken of their anger at the quality of work that has been carried out on their homes since last year.

Work began last year on houses on Lancaster Road in Hindley Green to improve insulation and heating.

Karl Higham a resident of Lancaster Road, Hindley, is unhappy about the state of the work being carried out on his home, as are other residents

Karl Higham a resident of Lancaster Road, Hindley, is unhappy about the state of the work being carried out on his home, as are other residents

However, the work being carried out has received criticism for a number of local residents.

Karl Higham said: “I was going to buy property but I’m not bothering after I’ve seen the work that has been done.

“There have been a number of issues like time frame and things that have been messed up. The windows aren’t as good as what they used to be, for example, you can hear all the road noise.

“If you look on my staircase, they have asbestos at the bottom and when they take it out they cut it and they’ve come through the wall onto the stairs. You can see the actual saw mark.

It’s like stepping back in time to the dark ages with window frames looking like a child has fitted them with expanding foam showing one inch all the way around the frame

Coun Bob Brierley

“Then there’s issues with flagging and a lot of other things. There are loads of people complaining on my estate.”
Residents alerted Coun Bob Brierley who contacted the Council about the issue.

He said: “It’s like stepping back in time to the dark ages with window frames looking like a child has fitted them with expanding foam showing one inch all the way around the frame.

“I have had a number of residents tell me how angry they are with the situation and I’ve told them I want to get this sorted.

“It is my obligation as a councillor to get value for taxpayer’s money.”

Matt Roberts, director of development and asset management at Wigan and Leigh Homes said: “The works to the properties on Lancaster Road are a key part of our strategy to significantly improve the insulation and heating standard of non traditionally built homes in the Council stock. We have completed similar schemes across the borough with excellent tenant feedback in terms of more comfortable homes and significantly reduced heating bills.

“Unfortunately due to the original design of the properties these schemes do involve major refurbishment.

“The works are quite complex and involve a number of activities including stripping external facades, re building a new highly insulated external facade, new A rated windows and new composite doors and loft insulation. Outbuildings have been removed to facilitate the works and are being reconstructed as requested by tenants.

“Due to the success of the works a number of private owners have also engaged the works directly from the contractor.

“The majority of properties on this scheme have been completed but there are a number of outstanding works on the last phase of properties.

“We have met with the contractor on site and they have apologised that supply problems for particular components and the weather have led to some delays.

“Our contractor on site is committed to completing works on this phase of properties as soon as possible.

“A final phase of works to other non-traditional properties in the area will commence in a few months time.

“We apologise for any inconvenience to residents caused by these problems.”