Residents stuck in homes after consistent lift breakdowns

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A number of elderly residents living in a block of flats in Wigan have complained about being stuck in their homes for nearly two weeks because of reoccurring lift breakdowns.

Residents at Derby House were angry with Wigan Council for not repairing the lift and leaving some immobile residents unable to exit the building.

The council plans to replace lifts in high rise blocks in Scholes, where the Derby House is situated, because continuing equipment issues were damaging its reputation and disrupting residents.

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However, residents are concerned that problems will ensue for the time being because the lifts will take a long time to be replaced.

The lift at Derby House was repaired on Saturday and the council’s assistant director for environment and housing operations, David Lyon, said that it needed a specialised repair.

He told a local newspaper that residents were aware of the procedure.

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