Following a visit to a Bradford couple whose home was badly damaged by a vehicle rolling down a hill owned by Incommunities into their home, Imran has criticised the housing organisation over their refusal to take action, which has put residents at risk.
The hill, known locally as The Back Hill, lies directly behind York House between Bracken Edge and Billingview at Thorpe Edge, and forms part of a piece of land which belongs to Incommunities. On visiting Mr & Mrs Dracup at their home in Bracken Edge, Imran was informed that vehicles roll down the hill, posing a significant danger to those living below, and that on one occasion, a vehicle crashed through their home’s window.
However despite this incident which deeply distressed the Dracups, damaged their home and destroyed many personal belongings in the process, as well as created the fear that it could happen again, Incommunities have refused to take any action to prevent it from being repeated and to ensure the safety of residents around their property. Following repeated letters from Imran, they have stated that they are unwilling to pay the cost of erecting barriers to prevent vehicles from rolling down the hill.
Imran has criticised the housing organisation over their failure to take action to secure and prevent access to their land either after receiving the Dracup’s concerns or after a vehicle crashed into their home, and he has again urged them to take steps to protect the safety of residents on Bracken Edge.
Speaking on the danger posed by leaving the land unsecured, Imran said:
“I am deeply troubled that despite being made aware of the danger and the possibility that this could happen again, Incommunities have refused to take any action to cordon off and secure the hill that they are responsible for, they are ignoring the residents’ concerns
“Whilst no one was hurt when the car crashed into the Dracup’s home, it is clear to see that, had they been home, or had the car hurtled into the street where children playing instead, there could have been serious injuries or even fatalities, and I am shocked that Incommunities are refusing to take action to safeguard against such an incident happening again and ensure the safety of residents they are putting at risk.”