Tenant ‘gives up’ over Storm Doris debris ‘left to rot’ by council for three months

Julie Hall with the broken fence from her Paddlington Court home in Barrow Hill, which has not been removed by the council dispite requests and is attracting other dumped rubbish.
Julie Hall with the broken fence from her Paddlington Court home in Barrow Hill, which has not been removed by the council dispite requests and is attracting other dumped rubbish.

A fence which was damaged during Storm Doris earlier this year has yet to be repaired - despite repeated calls from residents.

Three months after the worst weather event of the winter, the pile of broken wood still lies in the middle of Julie Hall’s garden in Barrow Hill.

Julie Hall with the broken fence from her Paddlington Court home in Barrow Hill, which has not been removed by the council dispite requests and is attracting other dumped rubbish.

Julie Hall with the broken fence from her Paddlington Court home in Barrow Hill, which has not been removed by the council dispite requests and is attracting other dumped rubbish.

The debris has now been there so long, council gardeners have started to cut the grass around it and residents are worried for their security.

Julie’s son, Daniel Hall, says his mum has called Chesterfield Borough Council 18 times over the problem.

He said: “It still hasn’t been sorted and she’s just been getting false promises time after time.

“They promised it was a priority at the end of April but still nothing has happened.

There is only so many times you can try before you have to give up.

Daniel Hall

“For the last three months there has been nothing to stop anyone coming into my mum’s garden - and it is an eyesore as well.

“There is only so many times you can try before you have to give up.”

As well as the fence, Daniel says other broken panels nearby are posing a hazard to people.

And just last week he claims council workers were witnessed adding more debris to the pile.

The broken fence from Paddlington Court  in Barrow Hill, which has not been removed by the council dispite requests and is attracting other dumped rubbish.

The broken fence from Paddlington Court in Barrow Hill, which has not been removed by the council dispite requests and is attracting other dumped rubbish.

Councillor Helen Bagley, cabinet member for homes and customers, said: “A number of council properties suffered damage during the storm.

“When there is damage on this scale work is prioritised so that any repairs needed to make buildings watertight are done first, such as replacing roof tiles which have been blown off.

“Once this work is completed other damage, such as blown over fencing panels, is assessed and the panels laid down so they are safe.

“This work is then put in to a normal work programme for replacement.

“This particular fence covers more than one property and the work is due to take place in the next two to three weeks.”