Residents anger over repair bills

Work at Caton Grove and (below) resident Bryn Griffin outside his flat.

Work at Caton Grove and (below) resident Bryn Griffin outside his flat.

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RESIDENTS fear they will be left with a hefty bill to pay after council redevelopment work in their quiet cul-de-sac.

Six foot high fences have been erected around the homes in Caton Grove, Layton.

Caton Grove resident Bryn Griffin outside his flat.

Caton Grove resident Bryn Griffin outside his flat.

Homeowners were stunned when they were slapped with a bill running into thousands of pounds for the work.

Housing bosses have since rescinded the £9,890 charges, saying they are reassessing how much it will cost.

But residents maintain it is not their responsibility to pay for a redevelopment of the exterior of the buildings.

The work is being carried out by Blackpool Coastal Housing, which manage council-owned properties in the resort, as part of a revamp of the eight blocks of flats.

But resident Graham Handy said: “I don’t see why we should pay this.

“We own our flat leasehold, we’re not responsible for the outer building but we’re being charged to have the roofs replaced and chimneys removed.

“We were sent a nice colourful brochure about work last year but at no time has it been mentioned we have to pay.”

The amount of cash due is to be reviewed by Blackpool Council in coming weeks but residents say the uncertainty continues to worry them.

Neighbour Bryn Griffin said he is very concerned, having been made redundant only a few weeks ago.

He added: “I wasn’t told when I moved in last year the whole street was being rebuilt. I wouldn’t have bought my property if I had known about this.”

Blackpool Coastal Housing say they will maintain contact with the residents of Caton Grove as they review the situation.

Chief executive Peter Jefferson said: “When external works are taking place to a leasehold property, they (the residents) are responsible for their proportion of the cost.

“Whenever anyone takes on a lease, we advise they carefully read, and obtain proper legal advice on exactly what they are responsible for.

“A notice of estimated cost for works on Caton Grove was sent out to leaseholders for a 30 day consultation.

“Following queries raised by some leaseholders we are reviewing the costs with the contractor.

“A new consultation with revised figures will be sent out next week.”

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