SAFETY fencing has been erected around a brand new housing block described as ‘a death trap’ by a building contractor.
The Chronicle is already aware of one man having climbed up what look like giant ladders attached to the side of the 54-apartment building fronting the ring road at Gorse Stacks.
Discussions are ongoing to redesign the exterior of the affordable housing scheme built by Watkin Jones and bought by the Plus Dane housing.
General building contractor David Halls wrote to The Chronicle: “I am only a small one man building business without any formal building qualifications and yet this building must have had millions spent on it, why hasn't someone spotted this obvious death trap just waiting for an idiot to try and climb up it.
“I couldn't live with myself if I hear in the future that someone had died and I had done nothing.”
Elliw Ellis-Davies, a spokeswoman for Watkin Jones, said the louvers were part of the original design which gained planning consent. She added: “This issue has been flagged up and is something we are currently discussing with the planning authority with regards to rectifying the situation in relation to health and safety.”
A spokesman for Plus Dane Group, who said 20 tenants had so far moved into the building, commented: “We are aware of the potential safety hazard the louvers pose and are working closely with the Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning department to come up with a safe and practical solution that is acceptable to them.”
Council spokesman Ian Callister said the developer approached the authority about its concerns.
“We have asked them to submit a redesign,” he added.