Ceiling collapsed few feet from a baby’s cot

Basildon Recorder: Angry – Emma Cuttriss with eight-month-old Willow-Rae Angry – Emma Cuttriss with eight-month-old Willow-Rae

A BABY narrowly escaped serious injury when part of a ceiling collapsed just a few feet from her cot.

Eight-month-old Willow-Rae was asleep when the ceiling fell down at the house in Princes Close, Laindon.

The baby’s mum Emma Cuttriss, 31, said her daughter woke up screaming, after the crash of plaster in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Miss Cuttriss said the incident happened just hours after a workman had been called in to repair a leak in her bedroom where the cot was placed.

She claimed her whole house needed endless repairs and that London and Quadrant Housing Association was not doing enough to help.

Miss Cuttriss said: “It seems like the house is falling apart.

“I’ve never lived anywhere in such a state before and I don’t intend to now, it’s dangerous.

“If that ceiling had hit Willow, I would have gone mental. I feel like I’m bashing my head against the wall though.

“They don’t do anything. I have given up now, because they don’t come out.

“If they do, they don’t fix things properly.”

Miss Cuttriss has been living in the house, with her partner Stuart Parker and two other children Maddison, ten, and Jack Watson, eight, for just over a year.

She reported the leak and an engineer was sent round to fix it on Monday night.

However, by Tuesday morning the ceiling had caved in.

Miss Cuttriss added: “It really upsets me.

“I’ve been put on anti-depressants during the school holidays, as I just feel miserable.

“I want my kids to have a nice home and I want a nice home too, but I can’t have that at the moment.”

A London and Quadrant Housing Association spokesman said: “We take property maintenance extremely seriously.

“In this case we made urgent temporary repairs to stop the leak and have now confirmed an appointment to complete the remaining repairs.

“We’ll be contacting Miss Cuttriss to discuss any outstanding concerns she may have.”

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10:10am Fri 7 Sep 12

al coniston says...

this whole story is indicative of people today . . . instead of waiting for others to wipe your ****, why don't you take matters into your own hands ? Society isn't indebted to you !!! And anti-depressants because you 'feel miserable' ? What's that all about ? Doom and gloom, get out into the real world, work, contribute and pay your way and you will learn to respect yourself, feel more self-pride and in the process, lift the misery surrounding your seemingly sad plight

Cue the do-gooders
this whole story is indicative of people today . . . instead of waiting for others to wipe your ****, why don't you take matters into your own hands ? Society isn't indebted to you !!! And anti-depressants because you 'feel miserable' ? What's that all about ? Doom and gloom, get out into the real world, work, contribute and pay your way and you will learn to respect yourself, feel more self-pride and in the process, lift the misery surrounding your seemingly sad plight Cue the do-gooders al coniston
  • Score: 6

10:14am Fri 7 Sep 12

Brunning999 says...

That's what I like to hear ' I don't have to live in the house'

Move into another rented house there is plenty on the market.

Our family have lived in plenty of houses that they saved up for and got a mortgage then lived whilst they struggled with no ceiling, no hot water, no heating yet they still had to find the money to repair their homes.

In life nothing comes easy, to those that want more out of life.
That's what I like to hear ' I don't have to live in the house' Move into another rented house there is plenty on the market. Our family have lived in plenty of houses that they saved up for and got a mortgage then lived whilst they struggled with no ceiling, no hot water, no heating yet they still had to find the money to repair their homes. In life nothing comes easy, to those that want more out of life. Brunning999
  • Score: 4

10:50am Fri 7 Sep 12

emcee says...

It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside.
You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work.
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al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it?
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Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance.
It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside. You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work. - al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it? - Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance. emcee
  • Score: 0

11:46am Fri 7 Sep 12

Andonemorething says...

if you'd had a leak why would you put your cot under it?
the leak was repaired..... i'd have asked for the ceiling to be checked too before putting a baby under it.
if you'd had a leak why would you put your cot under it? the leak was repaired..... i'd have asked for the ceiling to be checked too before putting a baby under it. Andonemorething
  • Score: 3

11:49am Fri 7 Sep 12

APR says...

Just how narrow an escape was it ?
Just how narrow an escape was it ? APR
  • Score: 2

12:03pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Father Jack Hackett says...

Almost had a Weeping Willow.
Almost had a Weeping Willow. Father Jack Hackett
  • Score: -1

12:44pm Fri 7 Sep 12

al coniston says...

emcee wrote:
It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside.
You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work.
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al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it?
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Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance.
i would be surprised to find out that we (the tax payer) are paying their rent

their financial status aside, i don't dispute that people deserve a certain level of assistance, but i am sure they are not the only family who need work carried out

the problem with society today, is that people are brought up with little skills and not much common sense, instead happily just sitting back and wanting someone else to do things - this generation is nothing but a lazy bunch of takers who think it's their divine right to input little and take out much
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside. You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work. - al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it? - Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance.[/p][/quote]i would be surprised to find out that we (the tax payer) are paying their rent their financial status aside, i don't dispute that people deserve a certain level of assistance, but i am sure they are not the only family who need work carried out the problem with society today, is that people are brought up with little skills and not much common sense, instead happily just sitting back and wanting someone else to do things - this generation is nothing but a lazy bunch of takers who think it's their divine right to input little and take out much al coniston
  • Score: 6

12:47pm Fri 7 Sep 12

The Yellow Peril says...

I'm afraid I'm with the first two comments. The article says that the baby woke up screaming when the plaster landed close to the cot. So it wasn't injured and how can it be said that the baby narrowly missed serious injury? It sounds to me that the woman can't really cope with the children if she needs antidepressants throughout the Summer holiday, presumably when they're with her 24/7 and not being looked after by someone else. Who are the two other children living with her and why have they all got different names? I know, I know, we all know why but this article does not paint a pretty picture of the society we live in.
I'm afraid I'm with the first two comments. The article says that the baby woke up screaming when the plaster landed close to the cot. So it wasn't injured and how can it be said that the baby narrowly missed serious injury? It sounds to me that the woman can't really cope with the children if she needs antidepressants throughout the Summer holiday, presumably when they're with her 24/7 and not being looked after by someone else. Who are the two other children living with her and why have they all got different names? I know, I know, we all know why but this article does not paint a pretty picture of the society we live in. The Yellow Peril
  • Score: 4

1:24pm Fri 7 Sep 12

smiffy1980 says...

woah woah woah Al Coniston - Bit of generalisation going on here isnt there ???? "This generation is nothing but a lazy bunch of takers" . I think you will find that many of us in "this" generation are far from it.........It amazes me how many posts on here from the "older generation" always point to people being lazy and take take take...........

As for the lady in question here, The question is, if youve had a leak on your ceiling, then surely you would know that the plasterboard will be weakended and to not put a babys cot within distance of potential harm. Please, a bit of common sense.
woah woah woah Al Coniston - Bit of generalisation going on here isnt there ???? "This generation is nothing but a lazy bunch of takers" . I think you will find that many of us in "this" generation are far from it.........It amazes me how many posts on here from the "older generation" always point to people being lazy and take take take........... As for the lady in question here, The question is, if youve had a leak on your ceiling, then surely you would know that the plasterboard will be weakended and to not put a babys cot within distance of potential harm. Please, a bit of common sense. smiffy1980
  • Score: 0

6:00pm Fri 7 Sep 12

jolllyboy says...

If you rent you are not allowed to do certain works and this would be one. If you rent its because you cannot afford a mortgage. A landlord is responsible for maintaining a decent home. the problem with Associations and Lond Arm management is that there is no accounability.
If you rent you are not allowed to do certain works and this would be one. If you rent its because you cannot afford a mortgage. A landlord is responsible for maintaining a decent home. the problem with Associations and Lond Arm management is that there is no accounability. jolllyboy
  • Score: 0

7:11pm Fri 7 Sep 12

bob7 says...

If they are renting as they can't afford a mortgage, why have a third child?
If they are renting as they can't afford a mortgage, why have a third child? bob7
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Fri 7 Sep 12

Brunning999 says...

emcee wrote:
It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside.
You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work.
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al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it?
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Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance.
That alright then you have the answer to everything.
Just one question are you part of the generation that expects everything for nothing?
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside. You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work. - al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it? - Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance.[/p][/quote]That alright then you have the answer to everything. Just one question are you part of the generation that expects everything for nothing? Brunning999
  • Score: 1

7:40am Sat 8 Sep 12

red37red says...

Never mind her status working or not working.
L&q don't fix or even come out to repair there property i know first hand after waiting 2yrs to have things fixed.
I know what i need to pay for and what l&q are entilted to fix.but they don't
Never mind her status working or not working. L&q don't fix or even come out to repair there property i know first hand after waiting 2yrs to have things fixed. I know what i need to pay for and what l&q are entilted to fix.but they don't red37red
  • Score: 1

7:45pm Sat 8 Sep 12

emcee says...

Brunning999 wrote:
emcee wrote:
It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside.
You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work.
-
al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it?
-
Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance.
That alright then you have the answer to everything.
Just one question are you part of the generation that expects everything for nothing?
Certainly not. However, I expect to get what I pay for.
If the landlords receive payment for rent, they have every responsibility to repair/replace, to a competant and safe level, any structural fault, faults will services and faults with fixtures and fittings in accordance with regulations and the law.
That is not expecting something for nothing, that is expecting what is rightfully owed.
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: It seems the two top posters do not have a clue about rented accommodation and seem to be talking out of their backside. You pay your rent, you expect to be able to live in a property in a good state of repair and free from danger. In fact, it is the law. Also, your rental payments include costs towards this maintenance and landlords must provide "skilled" practitioners to undertake this work. - al coniston, at no point does the article mention the financial status of this family. Secondly, if you rent a car, do you expect to pay for repairs if the engine fails? In fact, would everyone know how to repair it? - Bunning, if you own your own property, it is down to you how you maintain it. If you cannot afford to maintain it then that is your problem. However, talking about home ownership is not relevent in this situation and to compare home ownership and renting in the manner in which you have only goes to show your ignorance.[/p][/quote]That alright then you have the answer to everything. Just one question are you part of the generation that expects everything for nothing?[/p][/quote]Certainly not. However, I expect to get what I pay for. If the landlords receive payment for rent, they have every responsibility to repair/replace, to a competant and safe level, any structural fault, faults will services and faults with fixtures and fittings in accordance with regulations and the law. That is not expecting something for nothing, that is expecting what is rightfully owed. emcee
  • Score: 0

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