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Monday, 21 April 2014

Neighbours help flood-hit OAP

NEIGHBOURS showed community spirit when they mucked in to help a pensioner whose home was hit by flooding.

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HELPING OUT: Patrick Corbett who helped clean out the damaged carpet of his neighbour’s home in Kirkby after it was flooded just before Christmas HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50043123B000

By Gareth Jones

Residents of Beckside Cottages in Kirkby, helped to clear David Wilson’s house after the property was damaged by water at the end of last year.

Mr Wilson, who is disabled, had to leave his home over the Christmas period due to the extent of the flooding and while he was away, his neighbours removed carpets from the house which were damaged beyond repair.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) initially refused to help them clear the waste away from the front of the property but made a U-turn when the Evening Mail stepped in.

Neighbour Patrick Corbett said he asked SLDC for help in removing the damaged carpets but the council said it wasn’t responsible.

He said: “My neighbour is in his 70s, disabled and has now suffered his third flood at the property.

“We have been helping out and lifted all the carpets which are ruined and have got to be taken away.

“I contacted the council to see if they could take the carpets away but they were less than helpful.

“The council said it was no longer responsible. I asked for guidance and the person said we would have to take it to the local tip ourselves.”

Mr Corbett said that neither Mr Wilson nor any of the neighbours who helped would have been able to take the carpets to the nearest tip in Barrow.

A spokeswoman for SLDC said that although it was normally the responsibility of the owner’s insurance company to clear up any waste which is caused by flooding, the council would step in to help Mr Wilson this time.

She said: “It isn’t normally our responsibility to pick up flood designated waste. We have a bulky waste collection service, but it is a chargeable service, and carpets would not be dealt with by that service.

“But I’ve spoken to our environmental protection team and they are looking into it as a one-off case.”

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