Gordon has met with residents on the Foxhall Village who’ve been left with leaky pipes, rattling cladding and even a hole in one roof, after the company Hollinwood Homes, who are building the estate went into administration.
He was shown around some of the properties by them on Blundell Street – some of whom had only moved in over the summer. Up till only last week, they had heard nothing from Hollinwood Homes. Gordon is now writing to the company, as well as Blackpool Council and the Homes and Community Agency to make sure those affected get the practical help and support they need urgently.
Gordon said: “It is a completely unacceptable of Hollinwood Homes to leave residents in this situation. When I chatted to the people on Blundell Street, they said they’d put a lot of their hard earned money into these properties and buying them was an investment for the future. It is completely unfair what they are now having to put up with.
“There are some really significant problems – I was told about urine smells, glass and cladding not being properly fitted and one of the couples showed me the hole in their roof. Part of this is down to the subcontractors which have been used, but Hollinwood Homes are also not doing there bit because of their own financial difficulties. I will be contacting the company because they haven’t behaved responsibly at all. I shall also be speaking to the council and Homes & Communities Agency to see if they can offer any practical support.
“We want this housing development to do well and it’s part of a very good flagship programme to increase the amount of affordable homes being built in Blackpool. But we can’t have a situation where building work is being left unfinished and residents who’ve moved in have significant problems to their properties. Hollinwood need to live up to their responsibilities and help these people now. As the daylight hours get shorter and the temperatures start drop with the winter months ahead, I will not accept constituents of mine having to put up with this.”