Wisbech council calls on housing association to improve tenants living conditions

residents and councillors upset with the housing probelms at John F Kennedy Court
left to right  Cllr Peter Human, Cllr Alan Lay, Jane Abrams and Trevor Daisley ANL-160330-162923009
residents and councillors upset with the housing probelms at John F Kennedy Court left to right Cllr Peter Human, Cllr Alan Lay, Jane Abrams and Trevor Daisley ANL-160330-162923009

A series of complaints about appalling living conditions has prompted councillors to demand action is taken by a housing association.

Fed-up Wisbech Town Council is calling on Circle Roddons to do something to improve the conditions for its tenants in the town.

Councillors have visited flats where mould is so bad that carpets cannot be laid, others are forced to install reinforced doors to keep thieves out and they have heard reports of people defecating in corridors.

After growing tired of nothing being done to improve the situation, councillors are writing to the association and are also raising the problems with the Ombudsman.

Speaking at a Town Council meeting Cllr Peter Human said the association appeared to be “untouchable”.

He said: “In one flat, the damp was so bad they couldn’t put down carpets.

“John F Kennedy Court is a public toilet and through fare. There is only a hedge to stop people walking through what should be their secured gardens. I wouldn’t want to walk through that car park in the evening.

“If the properties are not suitable Roddons should be forced to make them suitable.”

Cllr Michael Bucknor said there should be an investigation. He said: “There is legislation out there where social housing associations can be taken to task and I honestly believe it is getting to the point where that needs to be actioned.”

Cllr Steve Tierney said nearly all of the housing problem he is called to relate to social housing and he had seen a family of six living in a one bedroom flat.

He said: “Wallpaper was peeling off the walls because of the weight of the mould.”

Cllr Alan Lay has raised the issues with the Ombudsman and has become frustrated with the association.

He said: “Whatever you ask them, they turn it back on you.”

Cllr Carol Cox said the housing situation was a “great problem”.

She said: “I have seen mushrooms growing through carpets. It is not just the bad repair but it is the inappropriate behaviour within these blocks of flats.

“I have seen one person who has had to fit a reinforced door to stop people breaking in.”