Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

19/03/09 ROSIE GETS RESULT FOR RESIDENTS ON CLADDING REPAIRS

Rosie Cooper has secured the funding for the residents of Waverley and Whitburn to have the slate cladding replaced as a goodwill gesture after a council gaffe.

Rosie has now received correspondence from the district council stating the funding has been agreed to replace the wall cladding on Waverley and Whitburn. Council officers are in the process of preparing contract documents and the work is anticipated to commence within the next few months.

The problem began in May 2008 when local residents complained to Rosie about vandals damaging the slate cladding on the properties in the Waverley and Whitburn areas of Skelmersdale.

Rosie took up the matter with West Lancashire District Council who said that the cladding repairs would take place within a matter of weeks. They then wrote and said that they had made a mistake!

The council had been referring to timber cladding on the top sections of the properties, not the slate cladding.

Rosie called on the council as a gesture of goodwill to fund the replacement of the slate cladding.

Rosie said:

“After initially being told the slate cladding would be replaced within a matter of weeks the residents felt let down when they were then told it was a mix-up and there was no funding for the work."

“I called on the council as a gesture of goodwill to keep their promise to replace the slate cladding. These properties have been the target for vandalism. Residents shouldn’t be penalised because the Councils building design was an easy target for vandals."

“I am pleased that the necessary funding has been committed and the slate cladding work will happen in the coming months. This is a great result for the local residents after the early disappointments.”

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