Darwen has missed out to Blackburn in the introduction of a scheme to improve conditions for people in private rented accommodation.
At the Council’s Executive Board on Thursday the Board decided on introducing the scheme in the Griffin Area in Blackburn. The report however showed that the biggest problem was in the Sudell and Earcroft areas of Darwen.
Commenting on the decision, Lib Dem Group Leader, Cllr. David Foster said, “None of the Councillors on the Executive Board questioned this decision, though the information was clear that the Darwen wards had the bigger problem. Is this because there are no Darwen Councillors on the Executive Board? It appears that this is a decision driven by Party Political considerations and not the evidence that was presented to the Committee.”
The scheme allows the Council to register landlords and ensures that they keep their properties in a decent condition. This not only benefits the tenants but also the wider community and helps keep areas in a good condition so that people can be proud of where they live.