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TOWER TORMENT: Garston tower block residents speak out about fly tipping and cleanliness

 Published on: 8th October 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Residents of the two tower blocks on the Meriden Estate in Garston have complained about recent issues in both buildings.

Several incidents have been reported by members of the Meriden Residents’ Association to Garstonnews.

Stephen Moss, chair of the organisation, spoke of how one of the bin chutes on the 16th floor of the Abbey View building was blocked for three days, causing a smell to permeate the nearby flats.

He also alleged that cleaning staff are being verbally abused by teenagers whilst trying to do their job.

One anonymous resident went as far as to say: “When I moved to this area around 40 years ago from London, it was a paradise. Now, it’s a slum.”

Another resident spoke out about fly tipping outside Abbey View, saying: “There was a sofa out the front for a good few weeks and nobody cared.”

Residents say they are also upset by the lack of care allegedly offered by Watford Borough Council (WBC) and their elected councillors. They claim that they have had no visits since before the pandemic.

A Watford Community Housing spokesperson said: “We are committed to ensuring that Abbey View and Munden View are pleasant and safe places to live. Members of our team are on site every weekday to take care of any issues and there is also dedicated security provision on site every evening.

“In the past year, we have stepped up our action against fly tipping, working closely with WBC’s Environmental Health team and using daily CCTV checks to identify and pursue individuals responsible for dumping items illegally. Since September 2022, five fly tippers have been served with fixed penalty notices, with two more cases ongoing.

“We can only deal with issues that are reported to us, so we would urge customers to contact us to let us know if they are experiencing problems, so that we can take action as quickly as possible.”

WBC has been contacted for comment.

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