'People shouldn't have to live like this. More cash needs to be spent'
NOT enough is being done to bring the standard of council houses in the city up to scratch.
That was the message coming from residents of
Bentilee, as today's survey was revealed.
Alan Joinson, chairman of East Bentilee Residents Association , aged 65, Chelmsford Drive, said: "I think that more should be spent to bring the homes up to an acceptable state.
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"The amount the council is spending is nothing compared to the amount they've spent on other things, like the civic centre. "The fact that the council are doing this by putting up people's rents is disgusting. Everyone is struggling at the moment with bus fares going up and the price of food going up and it's ridiculous that the council are putting the costs onto the tenants. They should have money in the reserve."
Twenty-eight-year-old Jodie Edwards, who works in Shelton Care Residential Home, has lived on Beverley Drive for 15 years.
She said: "I have had problems with getting the council to do repairs. I have six-foot fence panels on my drive that have fallen down, and they are very dangerous but it hasn't been dealt with, as it is not classed as a high priority."
Jodie has had problems with the rear door of her property not opening, and says that when she told the council, she was informed that in the event of a fire, the family would have to evacuate through the window. On another occasion her ceiling fell through below her bathroom. This was after she spent over two years fighting to replace her wet room with a bath for her children. Jodie said: "I had to threaten them before anything was done. I am shocked by the amount of homes that do not meet the decent homes standard."