Councillor claims “dangling wires, junction boxes, broken steps and an abused landing” causing safety issues at a social housing complex in Wisbech.

PUBLISHED: 11:06 26 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:52 27 October 2015

Cllr Alan Lay's photo spread from John F Kennedy Court in Wisbech

Cllr Alan Lay's photo spread from John F Kennedy Court in Wisbech

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A county councillor claims “dangling wires, junction boxes, broken steps and an abused landing” are causing safety issues at a social housing complex in Wisbech.

Cllr Alan Lay, who is also a town councillor, sent 18 photos of the area to Roddons Housing Association today claiming issues at the site “pale into insignificance” compared to another case he had raised with them.

“I point out to you in no particular order the many annoying things that have been left at John Kennedy Court in Wisbech,” he wrote.

“Dangling Wires! Junction Boxes! Broken Steps! An abused landing that is a fire hazard! A let down that is blocked by many car drivers!”

He urged the housing association to “please study these pictures, every one has a problem. The let down needs to be protected by two slim bollards in the road, if this is not in your remit then get in touch with highways.

Cllr Alan Lay's photo spread from John F Kennedy Court in Wisbech Cllr Alan Lay's photo spread from John F Kennedy Court in Wisbech

“It is of most importance that this is rectified as soon as possible - it is also used as a road, see the tyre tracks in another picture.”

Cllr Lay says: “The junction boxes are not only ugly and untidy but could be lethal, who knows what is in the wires?

“The parking area, too, has to be sorted once and for all.

“It is used by street people, drunks, druggies and ball games, sometimes by the parking of cars blocking egress or exit. This must be gated and to be for the use of those tenants who rent them.”

He said the site has recently been painted “but it is not finished, and this is inexcusable. JFK Court is beginning to resemble a third world neglected apartment block.”

He says the “morale of the residents is as important as is the stability of Circle. As it is right now, the state of JFK is disgraceful, perplexing and unacceptable.”

He said he had seen a letter from August stating that Circle was “on the case of electrical wires- so how much longer?”

Sue Stavers, head of housing at Circle Housing Roddons, said: “We recognise there are some outstanding issues at John Kennedy Court which we are dealing with. We have made huge improvements to the area over the past 12 months and the site is safe. We work closely with our partners, contractors and residents to continually make improvements to this area.”


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