Plea to tidy up blast damaged Colne property

Photo Neil Cross
The  house on Burnley Road, Colne, which has been left as it was after a gas explosion in March

Photo Neil Cross The house on Burnley Road, Colne, which has been left as it was after a gas explosion in March

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Residents living adjacent to an explosion damaged home are calling for it to be refurbished.

A suspected gas blast at 447 Burnley Road, Colne, in March left the mid-terraced house with major structural damage. The roof of the property collapsed at the rear and there was significant damage inside the house.

Since then, however, people living nearby say nothing has been done to the house but it has been looted, it is attracting rats and the water board have been out to deal with an issue.

One anonymous neighbour said enough is enough after four months. “There has been no action at all. The damaged kitchen is the same is at was the day it blew up. There is shattered glass everywhere and all sorts.

“There have been undesirables coming and going just nicking stuff and there are actually rats there now. It’s just crazy.”

The house is on Pendle Council’s Colne Committee’s outstanding enforcements list.

The site has been visited by building inspectors off the back of the anti-social behaviour and vermin concerns and according to the council, the premises are secure and discussions are ongoing with the land owner about the renovation of the property.

A planning officer said: “We are in contact with the letting agent to get the back yard cleared as soon as possible. The problem seems to be that the agents are awaiting insurance company vetting on a claim. The letting agent will get the work carried out as soon as possible.”