September 18, 2013 at 4:02 am #75028Les
I have been quiet here because I have had a long & busy summer for different reasons. The most time consuming of these reasons culminated in me moving recently. I’ve been reading all your posts & keeping up with you, just not posting myself. Forgive me. And Stef, after repeating & showing your story to some friends, they are angry to say the least. The timing was calculated & callous & overall an act of gutless cowards. Their actions will have consequences. Not advocating violence, just, that I treat people the way I want to be treated. Those that treat people badly… It will eventually catch up with ’em. Karma.
I have waited for over two years for the right property to come up after going back on to the local housing list. I bid on a two bed bungalow in 2011 only for it to be withdrawn. It was ideal. Big enough for chariot on the inside, a big garden for Gwenny, wet room & nearer to my support & social network of family & friends. Turns out the police were involved in housing a witness. This tenant was tracked down & shot (for the second time) in that property I bid on. After fourteen months of him lying in a vegative state in hospital I guessed they decided there was no chance of him returning to this bungalow or living without full time care. So, it became available again. Long story short the bidding process was extended because of an error & after seven weeks I became the ‘lucky’ new tenant.
I have encountered, I believe, a disproportionate number of problems in/at the property, all of which my new housing association landlord is either slack, incompetent or just refusing to address & resolve. There’s too many to list, honest, and if I did I fear I just sound ungrateful. The latest is discovering my radiators don’t heat my new home & after getting a report & quote to confirm they’re useless from their own appointed contractor Guinness South housing association have decided not to sanction the work, not until 2025 (their words).
I was recalling all this to a friend. He is a self-employed roofer. As he’s out all day he has an arrangement with an elderly neighbour, Les, who lets himself in to walk my mate’s dog during the day. Les must be in his mid 70’s, I’ve met him a few times & always chatty & jovial. Les looks after his blind wife & has been her carer for years. Last year an unscrupulous window company parted them of the bulk of their savings to install windows that are worth less than half what they paid, £10,000. Then Les had a stroke. And on Saturday my mate told me Les found out last week he’s got bowel cancer.
This is a good man. This is just not fair & more than one person should take or be dealt with.
So, it puts all the things I thought were a big deal into perspective, all the bad luck I’ve been cursing & questioning “why me ?”… I wish it was worse for me than Les ffs. A nice bloke that’s been kicked & kicked & kicked again. My problems are either minor or nothing compared to poor Les.
So, I’m rooting him for him & Kristel is praying for him. Give him a bit of luck someone please.
Sorry to post such a down beat topic after an abscence but, I’m awake & thinking about it. There’s just no justice & I really feel for the bloke.
On a slightly more positive note, me brother, Champagne73 on here, he completed a mile for muscles on the August bank holiday. Two brother’s have raised nearly £3,000 between them this year for the MD campaign.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former selfSeptember 18, 2013 at 10:32 am #91147Re: Les
Welcome back Woogy.
You really have had a busy time.
Great that it seems to have worked out well wit you getting the right accomodation
in the right place. Sounds perfect if you can sort the radiators and other niggles.
Poor old Les and the general points you make are very telling.
Well done to the Champy Brother!
Regards to Gwen and Kristel.
"Even if you are not paranoid, it does not mean they are not out to get you!".taungfoxParticipantPosts: 4,630Joined: 27/09/2010September 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm #91148Re: Les
Hello Woggy *waves*
It sees our glorious summer has been tempered by the innocent and the good suffering at the hands of the lout, rude and uncaring.
Glad you and Gwenny are better housed, hope you get the issues sorted out, wonder if the Advocacy Team could help chivvy them along, after all you will need the heating to work properly.
I'm always the animal, my body's the cage
I blog about nothingness www.amgroves.comAMParticipantPosts: 4,751Joined: 05/03/2015September 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm #91150Re: Les
Thank you people.
I rang & spoke to the MD Campaign yesterday AMG. They’ve asked to be updated after I see my housing officer from the housing association on Friday morning. I was reluctant to contact them because I feel this is a normal expectation that the home supplied to you is habitable & heated, for anybody, able bodied or otherwise. I’m sure the law is on my side & I’ll just give this woman both barrels on Friday. The nerve of these people, I tell ya – they’ve sent a letter warning that they’re going to start reposession proceedings after five weeks because they’ve not had their money come through from the benefit people. I’ve been paying my £22 per week contribution because of this damn bedroom tax which I’m now liable for & they know I am entitled to housing benefit & that’s how they will be paid but, the jobsworth in the office told me to take the letter to the council to gee them up. I flatly refused. They can go fourth & multiply if they think I’m going to chase up local government offices, who will do things in their own sweet time.
It’s a bit hard to enjoy the new place with all this uncertainty at the moment but, after I get up every morning all the nights bad dreams & worry slip away once I step into that garden with Gwenny. I shall post pics soon. I am hoping to get a firepit, which is like a table with a bbq bit or grill to burn wood or whatever in the middle, and sit out in the winter nights for a short time.
Kristel returns on November 25th & will stay for Christmas, possibly through till first week of February. I may have some news for you all later in the year .
I can’t go out to see Les cos the chariots been back at Hewerdines for over a week now. It has some issues with both the motor & the new batteries they supplied in May. I hope I get it back & it’s not beyond economical repair. I miss it. It is literally being shaken loose though by the footpaths around here.
I’ve got some shopping being delivered Friday afternoon & I got some jaffa cakes & a bar of Bourneville for Les & his wife. I’ll get me mate to drop them up to them.
Very proud of both brother’s for raising that money. I believe Andrew is going to run the London marathon again next year too.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former selfSeptember 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm #91151Re: Les
Don’t know where to post this so I’ll just stick it on the end here. Very powerful with a simple message – give.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former selfSeptember 19, 2013 at 12:41 am #91152Re: Les
WOOGY . how are you mate. i know, stupid question. housing associations seem to be in 2 areas. they are either good and deal with everything straight away or they need to be threatened by having their rent with held, until all issues are delt with.
yes woogy. what happened to me was disgusting but I promise you and everybody else, that it has been delt with and not by the police.
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