West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has finally secured a timetable for works to remove scaffolding on the Bridge Street footpath and rebuilding of the perimeter wall of the Bridge House development.
For three years, local residents have been presented with the obstacle meaning they cannot use that footpath, and neighbours have had to put up with the eyesore.
MP Rosie investigated the case on behalf of residents contacting West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council, TAS Scaffolding, Sutton Kersh Ltd and Countrywide Estate Management.
Sutton Kersh had been the managing agent on behalf of the Bridge House Residents Association Ltd, but this has now moved to Countrywide Estate Management following their acquisition of Sutton Kersh.
Lancashire County Council refused to serve an enforcement notice for the removal of the scaffolding for fear of becoming involved in the longstanding legal dispute between the developer and the residents’ association.
Countrywide have now confirmed that they are now in a position to move forward having previously been unable to progress the case due to the background investigation.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has welcomed the commitment:
“Residents have long had to be subjected to this unsightly and obtrusive scaffolding along Bridge Street but it seems there is finally an end in sight, but it could be some months before the work is carried out.
“The management company Countrywide Estate Management have confirmed to me that they will be by consulting with their clients (Bridge House residents) and following Section 20 Consultation to carry out the major works. This can take up to a minimum of 60 days, due to the notices being served and any observations made.
“They are currently liaising with their client and hope to receive instructions soon. As soon as they provide instruction the first notice will be issued, which should be by the end of this week.
“Due to the legalities and safety of the general public, it is foreseen the scaffold remaining in place until all work has been completed and signed off.
“The Structural Engineer Report I have seen explains that the retaining wall was poorly designed and constructed originally and an outward lean has developed, necessitating the erection of the scaffolding.
“I will continue to monitor the situation and push for this to be fully resolved in the New Year.”