Residents' spirits dampened by leaky roof at Wirral flats

Wirral Globe: Well Lane residents mop up after leaky roof. Pictured, from left, are Margaret Duffy, Pam Burton and Sue Popper. Picture: Paul Heaps Well Lane residents mop up after leaky roof. Pictured, from left, are Margaret Duffy, Pam Burton and Sue Popper. Picture: Paul Heaps

RESIDENTS living on the top floor of flats in Prenton say they have been left anything but high and dry because of a leaky roof.

Rainwater dripping through the ceiling of the communal hallway of their home in Well Lane has led to occupants having to mop up in a bid to stop flooding.

Margaret Duffy, 70, is among those afftected by the leak. She told the Globe the roof has been fixed three times.

The building is owned by Magenta Living, who say repair work is due to start on January 21.

Mrs Duffy hopes it will see the problem sorted out for good.

She said: "As far as I'm concerned, something needs to be done now. The longer this is left, the more serious it will become.

"The water just leaks through the ceiling. The lampshade in the hallway was filled with water and we had to empty it ourselves.

"I don't mind cleaning up the water, but we pay rent to live here and shouldn’t have to do this sort of work ourselves, it's very dangerous.

"One of my neighbours was on holiday and I had to get the keys from the flats' caretaker to check that her flat wasn't flooded. Magenta Living have said it’s not an emergency, but it really is."

In a statement, Magenta Living said: "We received a call to report a leaking flat roof at flats in Well Lane on December 23. An order was raised to inspect.

"On December 24, a further call was received to report water in the lights in the communal area.

"An emergency appointment was raised and an electrician visited the block of flats the same day.

"No water could be seen in the lighting fixtures or in the electrical cupboard.

"We received a call on December 30 to report the roof was leaking and attended on January 2.

"It was determined that scaffolding was required to enable work to be carried out and this was ordered the same day. Work to the flat roof will begin on January 21."

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1:57pm Sun 12 Jan 14

JohnON says...

......meanwhile, in New Brighton, some people are still counting the cost of £1000s worth of damage after the storms.

Yes, landlords should keep their properties in good order but, honestly, leak reported New Years Eve, inspected on January 2nd and repairs to be started less than 3 week later isn't bad!

The Globe must be r e a l l y short of anything worth reporting. How about: "New Brighton man has hat blown off."
......meanwhile, in New Brighton, some people are still counting the cost of £1000s worth of damage after the storms. Yes, landlords should keep their properties in good order but, honestly, leak reported New Years Eve, inspected on January 2nd and repairs to be started less than 3 week later isn't bad! The Globe must be r e a l l y short of anything worth reporting. How about: "New Brighton man has hat blown off." JohnON
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4:52pm Sun 12 Jan 14

steady cyclist says...

Perhaps the social landlord will charge back the cost of the repairs to those on the top floor, as its just their ceiling thats leaking.

Flat roofs do leak, and we have had a lot of rain lately.
Perhaps the social landlord will charge back the cost of the repairs to those on the top floor, as its just their ceiling thats leaking. Flat roofs do leak, and we have had a lot of rain lately. steady cyclist
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