Tenants left struggling due to lift breakdowns

Church House, Elland.
Church House, Elland.

ELDERLY and disabled tenants were left without a working lift in a multi-storey block of flats for nearly a week.

Les Horne lives on the eighth floor of Church House, Elland, and said it was the second time in four weeks the only lift in the block had broken down.

The 62-year-old has had a triple bypass and two strokes and struggles to walk.

He said other blocks of flats had two lifts which limited the impact of breakdowns and Church House accommodated mainly elderly and disabled people.

Mr Horne said the contractor should consider stocking spare parts to limit the inconvenience to tenants.

“The first time it was three days waiting for spare parts and the second time we were stuck for six days and nights,” he said.

“I live on my own. My brother, who lives locally helped me, but he is 72.

“There are people with disabilities living in the flats and mobile scooters are stored below ground floor and are brought up in the lift.

“I walked up and down the steps twice and it nearly killed me.

“We should not have to wait several days for the lift to be repaired.”

Mr Horne said it was several days before he saw a representative from Pennine following the breakdown and placing benches on landings was no temporary solution.

Linda Saxon, Lower Valley housing manager with Pennine, said of the latest incident: “The repair to the lift in Church House required a specialist drive motor part ordering so unfortunately took longer than anticipated.

“Housing staff kept in touch with residents in the block by telephone, and also called at individual flats to offer assistance with shopping, medication etc.

“We also placed benches on each landing for rest stops.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”