A bridge too far for flats owners

Layton resident Ken Collins looks out as the work on the new railway  bridge continues
Layton resident Ken Collins looks out as the work on the new railway bridge continues
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RESIDENTS in a block of flats say they are horrified at the building of a new railway bridge that will allow people to see into their homes.

The new bridge, being built by Network Rail at Layton Railway Station, was started before the residents of Henley Court were consulted about the structure.

Ken Collins, speaking on behalf of the residents, said: “There’s around 12 flats in this block affected – they all face the railway.

“There was nothing wrong with the old bridge – they just seem to be upgrading to a new one and they’ve moved it.

“People using the bridge will now be able to see right into our flats. Network Rail didn’t get planning permission and we’re told they don’t have to.

“We’re fuming.”

Mr Collins and fellow residents have written to Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard as well as Network Rail’s chief executive about their loss of privacy.

And Mr Collins also sought advice from a former estate agent.

He added: “He told us we could knock between £5,000 and £10,000 of the value of these flats due to the bridge.”

MP Paul Maynard said: “I’ve written to the council regarding this case.

“I believe Network Rail has full development rights.

“We will be looking into the matter further. We’ll establish the way the new footbridge affects these residents and carry on investigating.”

Residents say they received a consultation letter from Network Rail about the works in the past week – but it should have been sent out months ago.

Neighbourhood liaison officers have met with residents but the works have continued throughout their meetings.

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said the firm was sorry if the consultation had not been carried out properly.