Fury at GPO ‘mess’

FIX THIS EYESORE: Coun Ken Ball (left) and Chairman of Coppull Parish Council, David Cole, with residents protesting outside GPO Building

FIX THIS EYESORE: Coun Ken Ball (left) and Chairman of Coppull Parish Council, David Cole, with residents protesting outside GPO Building

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Angry Coppull residents and councillors are trying to improve the look of a building they say has become an eyesore.

The front of the old GPO building on Springfield Road, currently being used by BT Open Reach as a broadband and cable exchange centre, has deteriorated and campaigners are desperate to get it tidied up and painted.

The campaign is being led by borough councillors Ken Ball and Stella Walsh, who both represent Coppull ward, and parish councillor Nora Ball.

Coun Nora Ball said: “It’s unsightly, the railings are scruffy, it needs painting, the windows need replacing, it’s generally an eyesore.

“It’s being used on a daily basis, you see vans going in and out frequently.

“It’s not a good advert for the company. I’m sure it wouldn’t cost a lot for some paint.

“We’re trying to improve the village and they’re letting it down. Springfield is a nice area.”

The campaigners have contacted BT and asked them to improve the look of the building.

But they were told the company did not intend to spend money on the outside of the building due to previous vandalism problems in the area, a suggestion Coun Ball refutes.

She said: “I haven’t heard of any problems like that. It’s very quiet now, you don’t get any vandalism.

“A while ago we put a new children’s play area and new equipment in the park, and there’s been no problem at all.”

The campaign has also contacted Chorley Council to see if anything can be done through the Southern Parishes Working Group, a neighbourhood initiative allowing residents to flag up matters they want the council to look into.

Coun Ken Ball said: “A resident from Springfield Road came to the Parish Council meeting and complained bitterly that residents along Springfield Road have to put up with the sight of that building, when the Parish Council is attempting to improve all aspects of the village.”

A BT spokesman said that Open Reach were not responsible for the upkeep of their buildings, but externally contracted the work to a property company.

He added: “We have passed on the concerns to them, but we have not heard whether work has started yet.”