MP David Ward in pledge to help West Bowling residents

David Ward, MP

David Ward, MP

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An MP is working towards reforms that would prevent problems seen on a Bradford estate over the winter months from happening again.

Bradford East Lib Dem MP David Ward is working with the Energy Secretary Ed Davey to make sure companies working on homes signed up to Government green energy schemes do a decent job.

In December Mr Ward was contacted by residents of the Parkside estate in West Bowling who complained that work to clad their homes had left some properties with detached gutters, no window sills and damage to roofs.

The works were part of the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation, which provided free cladding to homes that would reduce energy bills in future.

But some residents were unhappy with work done by contractors Rendacoat and the Green Deal Warehouse, and contacted Mr Ward.

The contractors admitted there were problems due to poor winter weather and funding being withheld mid way through the work on some homes.

The situation has now been dealt with by energy installers Everwarm and Cornerstone and work to finish off affected homes is being completed.

At a recent meeting Mr Davey praised Mr Ward and his team for their work in tackling the problems.

They also discussed reforms to the accreditation of energy firms that install wall insulation to ensure that all licensed companies have the expertise and training to install cladding and that the proper authorities inspect works thoroughly.

Terri Haigh, a resident on the estate, said: “The whole estate was living in a nightmare.

“There was mess and rubbish everywhere, not to mention the incomplete and poor quality work.

“David and his team worked tirelessly, both here in Bradford and in London, to resolve the situation.”

Mr Ward said: “I’m very pleased that we were able to help local residents who had been treated so poorly.

“My team worked really hard to identify those affected local residents that had received a really poor standard of work on their homes and made sure that all remedial works were completed on resident’s homes to their satisfaction.

“But it doesn’t end here, I want to make sure that what happened on the Parkside estate can never happen again so I will be working with the Secretary of State to look into what extra measures or regulations can be put in place to ensure that the inspection of energy works is up to scratch.”

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