A HOUSING trust has apologised to a pensioner for failing to carry out essential repairs.
Fred Welch, 81, was beginning to feel Chester & District Housing Trust (CDHT) didn’t care about the safety of elderly residents at Hoole Lane flats where he lives.
A former member of the Royal Pioneer Corps in the Army, he had raised concerns five months ago about a broken fence and street lamp but nothing was done.
But after The Chronicle made enquiries, the housing trust this week fixed the lamp which lights the path outside people’s homes and is now repairing the gap in the fence through which youngsters continually rode their bikes.
Mr Welch, a retired scrap metal dealer who was based at Mickle Trafford, said: “I would like something to go in the paper to thank The Chronicle. They came to fix the light at 10am this morning. Apparently the whole fence is rotten.”
Mr Welch described the flats as “derelict and untidy” because rubbish, including an old washing machine, TV and broken glass, have been dumped to the rear.
But the trust now says it will clear the rubbish away as well.
Mr Welch had been in contact with ward councillor Bob Rudd (Lab, Boughton) over the issues.
But Cllr Rudd, former chairman of the housing trust, had also become frustrated with the lack of progress and suggested Mr Welch contact the Press.
Speaking about the broken fence, Cllr Rudd said: “It looks untidy. If it looks a bit of a tip, people will use it like a tip.”
Cllr Rudd said the broken lamp had made residents “feel more insecure” because they could not see who was coming to their front door.
The councillor said as much as the housing trust had to fulfil its responsibilities, tenants too had to assume responsibility for keeping the environment tidy around their home. He said the city council provided a free once yearly service to take away large items such as a washing machine.
Dave Soothill, technical and asset manager for CDHT, said: “We can only apologise for the delay.”