Building work is on hold due to health and safety issues

A DEVELOPER has been served with a prohibition notice by the Health and Safety Executive as a housing scheme in Stalybridge continues to cause controversy.

Safety issues were raised by residents on Lee Street over the block of six two-bedroom apartments that are under construction on a former car park on Stamford Street.

Jan Crompton, who is also steward of the adjoining Cow’d Feet Club, submitted a complaint to the HSE with photos of piles of bricks and breeze blocks left on scaffolding after work was halted in April following issues with planning consent that still have to be resolved.

The Correspondent also took photos of bricks on the scaffolding with no protective guards to prevent them falling on to pavement on Stamford Street.

A HSE spokesperson said: “HSE has made enquiries. Prohibition notices have been served, meaning work cannot recommence until we’re satisfied risks are being appropriately managed.”

Jan and Margaret Cookson, who also lives on Lee Street, also told of builders failing to use hard hats and wearing flip flops.

“I am worried about the safety of the public and what will happen in the event of high winds,” explained Margaret when discussing the breeze blocks and bricks left on the scaffolding.

Margaret said she has been concerned about safety issues from the start of the work.

She explained: “It has been a total danger from day one with workers not wearing hard hats. They were even in flip-flops during the good weather.

“I have relatives in the trade and spent a lot of time on building sites and never seen anything like this. It is a dangerous.”

The development featured in last month’s Correspondent when it was revealed work ought never to have started because it didn’t have the correct planning consent.

Mrs Crompton contacted the paper after work ceased a couple of months ago and voiced concerns about what would happen to the half-completed building.

Though planning permission had been granted, Tameside Council revealed a subsequent application to discharge the pre-development conditions was invalid due to documents being missing and the development therefore should not have commenced.

Tameside Council said they requested the outstanding information so they could discharge the pre-development conditions so they could regularise the works that has already taken place.

Developer Joe Ahmed, from Instaframe, claimed there were protective guards in place to prevent the bricks and breeze blocks falling.

He added he had spent £1,000 cleaning up the site, explaining: “It was no benefit to me – I did it to keep the residents happy.

“I have done everything I can to keep them on board, but some people are never happy.

“The site was a car park used by residents and they tried to block it being developed. They are upset the car park is not there, though it didn’t belong to them.”

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