TENANTS of Bolton at Home flats are living in "an abandoned construction site", according to one resident.

Daniel Okeeffe, 46, lives in one of three blocks of high rise flats in Thornbank, Deane.

He says much-needed renovations on the flats began around 16 months ago, started by Bolton-based contractor Forrest.

Forrest sites closed after the company went into administration in December and the work on the Thornbank buildings stopped.

Mr Okeeffe said: "At the end of October, all work seemed to have stopped and there's nobody on site. They put all this scaffolding on site, we noticed all the cladding had been taken down."

Mr Okeeffe says that residents are open to the elements due to unfinished roof repairs, leading to damp in his flat.

He said: "We're camping out in the bedroom. It's unbelievable."

Mr Okeeffe, who is a disabled army veteran, added that he suffered a heart attack in December after works ceased and, despite complaints, there has been no information about when the works will resume.

He said: "No one has been given any information. I've no doubt that my heart attack happened because I'm physically nervous about what's going to happen in these flats."

A Bolton at Home spokesman said: “We’d like to reassure our customers that all improvement works that were previously being carried out by Forrest will be completed in full.

“It will take time to appoint a new contractor due to the thorough legal process the administrators must go through, which is still ongoing, and the rigorous procurement process we’re obliged to conduct when appointing a new contractor. The site has been made safe and we have security there 24/7.

“In the meantime, tenants experiencing a repair issue at their property can report it to us as normal on 01204 328000 and we’ll visit them to resolve it.”