Probe call over ‘danger’ doors

Coun Bob Brierley with some examples of the shoddy workmanship
Coun Bob Brierley with some examples of the shoddy workmanship

A COUNCILLOR claims that alleged sub-standard installations have a left a Wigan council home a “dangerous” health and safety risk.

Now independent Bob Brierley is demanding speedy rectification and a probe into the standard of workmanship being carried out by contractors on behalf of Wigan and Leigh Housing.

He was called in to investigate by the tenants of Sarah Street in Hindley Green who were fearful about the standard of refurbishment after workmen had finished hanging UPVC doors and installing new double glazed windows.

He said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing on being invited to visit the house.

“I found the metal door frame was not attached to a solid structure, but had been attached instead to the original large old large wooden frame, which was visibly rotten in places.

“Also I found a new plastic window frame again only attached by expanding foam held on by bits of plywood and in a further six locations the new windows had been suspended within rotten wooden frames.

“There was also a large amount of rotten timber under the bath tub.”

Chief executive of Wigan and Leigh Housing Ashley Crumbley said: “A recent inspection of this property found a small area of rot in the timber-framed extension and we are taking action to repair this.

“We’ve had experts examine the extension and they are convinced the structure is sound.

“We believe repairing the damage is the most appropriate, logical and prudent course of action.”