PROGRESS on repairing a Barry flats complex damaged by recent bad weather looks to have begun after the Vale MP vowed to name and shame.

Vale MP Alun Cairns threatened to use UK parliamentary privilege to name and shame some of the insurance companies involved in dealing with Rowan Court, St Nicholas Close, after roof damage was sustained during recent storms allowing water to seep through.

Mr Cairns visited the properties to see the damage to contents suffered by residents who have also been forced to seek alternative accommodation at various times since February 15.

After several calls to the loss adjustors, the insurance brokers and underwriters, Mr Cairns threatened to raise the issue on the floor of the House of Commons to name and shame those responsible.

Alun said: “I could not believe the state or conditions that residents were expected to live in. They were wholly unacceptable and I pay tribute to them for the way in which they were handling the situation.

“Until I threatened to name and shame the companies responsible there seemed to be little progress. The Prime Minister had previously called insurance companies into Downing Street seeking assurance that claims would be dealt with promptly. This was a case that wasn’t.

“We now have an agreement in principle and parameters set out for residents as to how they should interact with the insurance company and the nature of claims that will be acceptable.

“We’re not through it yet, but at least the wheels have started to turn. Naturally, I will continue to press the case in the interests of residents.”

Vale AM Jane Hutt has also been assisting the residents’ plight.