WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is calling on the district council to find the cash to replace damaged tile cladding on flats in Skelmersdale following a mix-up by council officers.
Rosie says tenants in Waverley and Whitburn will feel “let down” after being told that the tile cladding would be replaced within a matter of weeks – only for the council to later tell Rosie there had been a mix-up and the wrong answer had been given.
She is now calling on the council, as a gesture of goodwill, to find the money to replace the tile cladding immediately.
Rosie, MP for West Lancashire, explained: “Following complaints from local residents, I wrote to the council in May about the slate cladding on the side of the properties. I received a reply saying that a programme has been set up to replace these tiles.
“I thought ‘great’ so then wrote back asking when the programme would start, and was informed that tenders were going out with a provisional return date of August 8, with work starting two weeks after the successful contractor had been appointment.
“The council has now informed me that this information relates to a separate issue on the same properties regarding some high-level timber cladding and they thought I was talking about that, even though I had made no mention of timber cladding in my correspondence with the council.
“I accept that it was a genuine mix-up, but the fact is that tenants and residents will feel let down. So as a gesture of goodwill I’d like to see the council find the money to replace the slate tiles within this current financial year.
“The least they could do is meet the residents half way by taking action on the worse affected blocks, such as those near High Street, which have suffered terrible vandalism.”