A FATHER of two is calling for urgent action after drug-takers began using his block to take illegal substances in front of children – and says it is because the ‘external doors are not sturdy enough.’
Former lawyer Michael Hefferon, who has a daughter Caitlin, 13 and son, Niels, 10, has flagged up concerns about the ‘thin, unsuitable’ external doors at Whitburn and Waverley in Skelmersdale.
The 45 year old electrician has contacted West Lancashire Borough Council and West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper in a desperate bid for urgent action after his children saw drug-taking last week.
He says that it is unfair that Whitburn and Waverley have unsuitable doors but all of the other local council-flats have sturdy fire doors.
Mr Hefferon told the Champion: “There have been a few sofas left in the hallway by some residents until we can start leaving the flats to go to the tips etc so the drug-takers are able to sit on those now too. I was appalled and disgusted that my children had seen that – in the entry to their own home!
“The doors are a safety hazard, it is not acceptable. The doors can lock but one good push with your shoulder negates the lock and opens the doors - my 10 year old son can push the doors open with a barge of his shoulder when it’s locked!
“I have real fears that now it’s started happening it will be very hard to stop and will attract more to take drugs out of the elements in a nice secluded hallway.”
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented: “I am very concerned to hear reports of drug use in communal areas of flats with insecure doors. I have raised these urgent concerns with both the Council and our local police. The police have confirmed that they have increased patrolling and I await an urgent response from the council.”
West Lancashire Borough Council have been approached for a comment.