Any repairs to the windows at a tower where a man fell from the 16th floor are unrelated to the incident, a housing association said, after residents raised safety concerns.

William Erskine, or Billy, was discovered dead outside Stretford House on August 26, days ahead of his 48th birthday.

After around two weeks, on September 12, the housing association L&Q wrote to residents of the tower about repairs to the windows.

A letter seen by The Messenger said: "We are writing to inform you we will be carrying out repairs to windows at Stretford House.

"This will be carried out by our contractor Jackson & Jackson Ltd and work will start from September 14.

"It is essential you provide us access to your property so we can assess and undertake repairs to windows as necessary ensuring their safety."

At around the same time, Kerry Voellner, a neighbour of Mr Erskine, wrote to MP and ex-Trafford Council leader Andrew Western.

She raised safety concerns and suggested Trafford Housing Trust (THT), which was assimilated into L&Q this year, was aware of issues with the windows, a lot of which open 360 degrees, as early as 2008.

Mr Western asked for additional information and he admitted he was "concerned" in his response to Ms Voellner.

Messenger Newspapers: View of Stretford House from Poplar Road.

Ms Voellner said: "The residents and I are working to form a community action group.

"A man should not be able to fall from a window with such ease and at such height.

"The fact the residents have been promised these windows for years and fobbed off repeatedly shows a disregard for the duty of care for which [L&Q] are responsible."

The housing association, however, said all repairs to the windows are unrelated to the incident on August 26.

Instead these are a response to an isolated incident in which a pane of glass became loose over the summer.

David Lewis, executive director of property services, said: "We were saddened by the tragic death of one of our residents at Stretford House and our thoughts are with their family, friends and neighbours.

"Unrelated to this, we wrote to all residents at Stretford House about carrying out a pre-planned programme of assessment and maintenance. 

"This work was scheduled in the summer in response to an isolated incident when a pane of glass became loose and we wrote to our residents about it once a start date was confirmed with our contractor. 

"We will be assessing the windows in every home and in communal areas throughout Stretford House to ensure the glass is safe and carrying out any repairs as needed. The safety and wellbeing of our residents remains our top priority."

An inquest opened into the death of Mr Erskine this month before coroner Alison Mutch.

Ms Mutch asked for additional information and she adjourned the inquest to March 22.

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.