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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Duo’s fury with council after Barrow garages are damaged

TWO men who lost their Barrow garage roof during recent strong winds have been left frustrated with the council’s response.

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complaints Michael Creighton in the garage with the bricks which damaged his 1996 Vauxhall Cavalier LINDSEY DICKINGS REF: 50059465B003

David Yare, 40, and Michael Creighton, 38, feel the council has not done enough for them after the roof of the row of garages they rent from the authority, in Goldsmith Street, Barrow, blew off in Wednesday night’s storm.

The roof landed in Holker Street, badly damaging three cars.

Both men have been left with damaged possessions and say they had to deal with a lot of the aftermath themselves.

Mr Yare has since moved the possessions in his garage to a storage container, which is costing him £88 a month.

He said: “It’s an absolute joke. The council should have offered to sort this out but it’s all been left to us. They won’t move our stuff into another garage for the time being, or offer to pay for our things to be in temporary storage.

“All we want, at least, is for somebody to come down from the council and talk to us and tell us what’s happening, but nobody’s even done that.”

Mr Yare also believes more could have been done to prevent the roof coming off in the first place.

He said: “I’ve complained about the garage for years. Last November a surveyor came round, contracted by the council.

“He told us that the ceiling had dropped due to damp causing rot in the wooden frame. I don’t think it was ever properly fixed.”

Mr Creighton says he is in a similar unfortunate position.

A 1996 Vauxhall Cavalier that he takes to shows was left damaged and exposed to the elements after the loss of the roof.

He said: “It’s a classic car. That’s why it’s in there – for a purpose.

“I’ve got enough on my plate as it is. My mum has just had a stroke after being moved into a care home in Aldingham. I’ve got enough to worry about.”

Barrow Borough Council, however, say they are dealing with the problem as quickly as they possibly can.

Housing manager Colin Garnett said: “Ideally, we would have other garages as an alternative but unfortunately we just don’t.

“We will repair the garages and make them safe as fast as possible, but this is not something that will happen overnight.

“There has been damage to buildings all over Barrow and while we are sorry the roof blew off these garages, garages are there for vehicles. We have houses damaged where people are living.”

Mr Yare and Mr Creightonare are in talks with the council.

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My garage is one of those, too. I have a vintage motorcycle and I'm forced to park it in the street, increased insurance, not even allowed to install a ground anchor. Please repair as soon as you can!

Posted by Shadow Biker on 19 February 2014 at 09:04

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