London news Great-grandmother in 'despair' at leaks, holes and cracks in Camden Council home Uk news
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Get FREE email updates for North LondonInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeAn 84-year-old great-grandmother is in 'despair' at the leaks, holes and cracks in her Camden Council home. Patricia Mulholland, 84, criticised the council after 'years and years of complaining' about the repairs needed in her property. Patricia, who lives alone, moved into the house in 1977 and the problems started around 20 years ago. She said: “The council doesn’t listen at all. I’ve realised they don’t care about us at all. They forget they’re here to look after people and serve them, that’s what they’re elected to do.” Patricia said the “most worrying thing” is the wiring, which she fears will be affected by the leaks as the walls are damp. The grandmother said: “At one point I felt so desperate during the lockdown I phoned a doctor about it and she wrote a letter to Camden Council [and] they took no notice at all. “More recently I had just non-stop migraines every single day.” Patricia was given beta-blockers as a result of her migraines. She claims she has reached out to Camden Council for repairs for a number of years. She said: “It started with a little bit of a leak [and] it just spreads and grows. Patricia faces multiple problems in her council home “[The council] never attack any problem properly until they are forced to, then they patch it up and go away and hope it looks after itself.” The grandmother also spoke about the cracks which developed in her bathroom floor which meant she could see residents living on the floor beneath her. “They didn’t fix the problems in the house properly. [They] painted over walls instead of fixing cracks and didn’t fix a hole in the brick work in my bedroom where I can see daylight and pigeons can get in," she claims. The garden wall, which was “cracking and falling” was replaced by the council with a board.
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Patricia spray painted the sign on the side of her home
Patricia’s home is also currently covered with scaffolding which means the resident cannot see out of her windows. The leaseholder also described how the roof, which currently has a plastic and tin cover, still needs repairing. She said: “Once it nearly blew off and water was pouring through.” Patricia reports someone from Camden Council rang her on Friday (May 7) but did not provide a date or time as to when repairs would take place.
Patricia said "water was pouring through" the roof
The resident also reports of being given a “gagging order” last year, through her lawyer, from Camden Council. “The gagging order said Camden [Council] would do the work if I signed this piece of paper saying I would never speak to anyone about it, except to Camden Council themselves or my lawyer," she adds.
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My London approached Camden Council about this, but they did not respond to this specific claim. Patricia said she’s also had to pay a lot of money for heating due to the holes in the walls and the windows, which do not shut properly.
Cllr Meric Apak said: "We would like to apologise to Ms Mulholland for the issues she’s experiencing in her home"
The grandmother claims the council are only responding to her because she is being vocal. On Thursday )May 6), Patricia stood outside her polling station to protest the conditions she was living in and came into contact with the chief executive of Camden Council, Jenny Rowlands. Patricia said: “[She said she] would enquire into it. “This is why I got called today (May 7) because he said 'the order's come from the very top'.” A response from Councillor Meric Apak, cabinet member for better homes, stated: "Our repairs team met with Ms Mulholland this week to discuss the planned repair works.
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