Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

27/05/08 MP asks council: ‘Save money or a life?’

PEOPLE on a Skelmersdale estate could die unless council chiefs agrees to rip out plastic cladding.

Rosie Cooper MP with Cllr Barry Nolan outside an arson-hit property on Windrows, New Church Farm, Skelmersdale

That is the stark warning from West Lancs Labour MP Rosie Cooper following a string of fires on New Church Farm involving the cladding.

In one incident on Windrows recently, a resident was trapped in their bedroom and had to be rescued by firefighters using breathing apparatus after their bin cupboard was torched in the dead of night.

The plastic cladding replaced the old wooden cladding on council-owned properties on the estate and was only installed a few years ago.

But since then, there have been numerous problems with people either setting fire to them or vandalising them.

MP Rosie, who is working on the issue with Skelmersdale North Labour Cllrs Barry Nolan and Neil Furey, is now calling on West Lancashire District Council to rip out the plastic cladding before someone loses their life.

Rosie said: “Because of the way the New Church Farm was designed, if your bin cupboard goes up then you are effectively trapped because it is just inches from the front door.

“The council says this UPVC cladding isn’t flammable but you only have to look at the damage which has been done to homes.

“This is a disaster waiting to happen and it all boils down to one very simple question – is the council more interested in saving money than someone’s life?

“If it’s the latter then the need to act now because we’ve had so many incidents that I believe it is only a matter of time before someone will either be seriously injured or, even worse, killed.

“I am now calling for a meeting with the council, fire service and police because this cannot be allowed go on unresolved.”

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