Life at Brooke House is "a disgrace", say residents

Josie Cook and daughter Darcie-May Thompson outside Brooke House

Josie Cook and daughter Darcie-May Thompson outside Brooke House

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RESIDENTS living in Brooke House have labelled the council block “a disgrace” and “an absolute joke”.

The tower block, in the Town Square, has been in the spotlight recently because of the broken lifts and now council bosses are refusing to go to Brooke House to discuss the lift problems after officers were abused by residents.

Now, residents have hit back at the council saying they feel they have been forgotten and the council needs to sort out their priorities as they are living in “a dump”.

One unhappy dweller is 19-year-old Josie Cook. She lives on the 7th floor with her one-year-old daughter Darcie-May Thompson and has to carry her pushchair and her daughter up and down flights of stairs to get in and out of the building.

“This place is absolutely terrible and all I want to do is leave. I have been here for eighteen months and that is much longer than I should have been. I wanted to be here a year and as I have got Darcie-May I would have thought I would be on a lower floor. The council just don’t care about our needs as I thought we would have been moved out by now.”

Miss Cook says the conditions in the tower block are an absolute state and says she has come across human excrement and drug users in the hallways and stairwells.

“I have to go past all sorts and don’t particularly wan’t people offering me drugs whilst I am with my baby. There is p*** and s*** in the corridors and I cannot stand it.”

A 28-year-old woman, who didn’t want to be named, said she had lived in Brooke House for 6 years with her husband and said she didn’t like it but had grown to accept what it was.

“Everyone knows what happens here. We can’t use the stairwells and the lift situation is a joke. I would happily go and meet with the council to tell them what I think of this place but nothing will be done. No-one wants to be here.”

The work on the first lift, which began this week, is expected to last 16 weeks before work on the second lift starts in February, also lasting 16 weeks.

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12:20pm Thu 11 Oct 12

howironic says...

I feel for Josie Cook, why doesn't Darcie-May's father help carry the buggy up the stairs.
I feel for Josie Cook, why doesn't Darcie-May's father help carry the buggy up the stairs. howironic
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12:35pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

howironic wrote:
I feel for Josie Cook, why doesn't Darcie-May's father help carry the buggy up the stairs.
Cos his probably in prison.
[quote][p][bold]howironic[/bold] wrote: I feel for Josie Cook, why doesn't Darcie-May's father help carry the buggy up the stairs.[/p][/quote]Cos his probably in prison. Basildon.lad.21
  • Score: 3

12:38pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Basildon.lad.21 says...

They should knock this tower block down. Its an absolute disgrace and most of the people who live there are low life scum. I feel for people like the girl above.

They should build a new fresh tower block in the town centre, and only let people live there if they are working.
They should knock this tower block down. Its an absolute disgrace and most of the people who live there are low life scum. I feel for people like the girl above. They should build a new fresh tower block in the town centre, and only let people live there if they are working. Basildon.lad.21
  • Score: 0

12:40pm Thu 11 Oct 12

black jack ketchum says...

Perhaps they should give teenagers a tour of these places before they get pregnant,

A case of reap what you sow!
Perhaps they should give teenagers a tour of these places before they get pregnant, A case of reap what you sow! black jack ketchum
  • Score: 13

12:49pm Thu 11 Oct 12

perini says...

Well! I suppose that if you don't like it you can always do what a lot of us do and buy your own place - then you can do what you want! Failing that, seeing as you are being given a roof over your head I would think it a good idea to put up and shut up - or move out on your own dollar!
Well! I suppose that if you don't like it you can always do what a lot of us do and buy your own place - then you can do what you want! Failing that, seeing as you are being given a roof over your head I would think it a good idea to put up and shut up - or move out on your own dollar! perini
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Thu 11 Oct 12

j-w says...

Can't help but agree with the above, especially black jack ketchum.
Can't help but agree with the above, especially black jack ketchum. j-w
  • Score: 3

12:53pm Thu 11 Oct 12

aduksquack says...

I remember when Brooke House was fairly new. It was quite exclusive and had concierge only entry.

Shame how it has become so run down.
I remember when Brooke House was fairly new. It was quite exclusive and had concierge only entry. Shame how it has become so run down. aduksquack
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

aduksquack wrote:
I remember when Brooke House was fairly new. It was quite exclusive and had concierge only entry. Shame how it has become so run down.
I remember when it had a nice sculpture in the entrance foyer.

Where did that go?
[quote][p][bold]aduksquack[/bold] wrote: I remember when Brooke House was fairly new. It was quite exclusive and had concierge only entry. Shame how it has become so run down.[/p][/quote]I remember when it had a nice sculpture in the entrance foyer. Where did that go? Eric Whim
  • Score: 1

12:58pm Thu 11 Oct 12

golfplayer says...

"I feel for people like the girl above"
"They should build a new fresh tower block in the town centre, and only let people live there if they are working.”
Basildon.lad.21

But the girl above probably isn't working! Expecting to have everything handed to her for free and when its not the champagne, TOWIE lifestyle she expects she drowns in self pity. How about get a job, save a deposit and get somewhere nice to live off your back and stop expecting the basildon rate payers to improve your life
"I feel for people like the girl above" "They should build a new fresh tower block in the town centre, and only let people live there if they are working.” Basildon.lad.21 But the girl above probably isn't working! Expecting to have everything handed to her for free and when its not the champagne, TOWIE lifestyle she expects she drowns in self pity. How about get a job, save a deposit and get somewhere nice to live off your back and stop expecting the basildon rate payers to improve your life golfplayer
  • Score: 7

1:17pm Thu 11 Oct 12

naffeville says...

Put your kid first, and make sure hes got a nice place to grow up before opening your legs to idiots
Put your kid first, and make sure hes got a nice place to grow up before opening your legs to idiots naffeville
  • Score: 6

1:39pm Thu 11 Oct 12

comment from the unknown says...

'I have been here for eighteen months and that is much longer than I should have been'
So what has she done to get her and her deprived daughter out?
Why shouldn't she have been there fore so long?
We all have to do things we don't like - in some circumstances pay our own way and not even neceessarily get 'what you'd like' out of it.
'I have been here for eighteen months and that is much longer than I should have been' So what has she done to get her and her deprived daughter out? Why shouldn't she have been there fore so long? We all have to do things we don't like - in some circumstances pay our own way and not even neceessarily get 'what you'd like' out of it. comment from the unknown
  • Score: 5

2:33pm Thu 11 Oct 12

black jack ketchum says...

Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills,

I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up!
Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills, I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up! black jack ketchum
  • Score: 8

5:15pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Ironman says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills,

I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up!
Get yourself knocked up by one of the feckless Bozos that inhabit the streets and you could acquire yourself a complete new home at the Taxpayers expense. Simples.
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills, I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up![/p][/quote]Get yourself knocked up by one of the feckless Bozos that inhabit the streets and you could acquire yourself a complete new home at the Taxpayers expense. Simples. Ironman
  • Score: 2

5:15pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Ironman says...

black jack ketchum wrote:
Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills,

I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up!
Get yourself knocked up by one of the feckless Bozos that inhabit the streets and you could acquire yourself a complete new home at the Taxpayers expense. Simples.
[quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills, I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up![/p][/quote]Get yourself knocked up by one of the feckless Bozos that inhabit the streets and you could acquire yourself a complete new home at the Taxpayers expense. Simples. Ironman
  • Score: 1

5:18pm Thu 11 Oct 12

black jack ketchum says...

Ironman wrote:
black jack ketchum wrote:
Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills,

I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up!
Get yourself knocked up by one of the feckless Bozos that inhabit the streets and you could acquire yourself a complete new home at the Taxpayers expense. Simples.
oh that sounds really nice NOT LOL

I think I will stick with my hardworking non benefit claiming husband!
[quote][p][bold]Ironman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]black jack ketchum[/bold] wrote: Exactly, my extension roof leaks every time it rains so a bucket is placed there, haven't got the money to have it repaired at the moment as I already have two jobs to pay my mortgage & bills, I'd love a new kitchen & a bathroom but guess what I have to wait & save up![/p][/quote]Get yourself knocked up by one of the feckless Bozos that inhabit the streets and you could acquire yourself a complete new home at the Taxpayers expense. Simples.[/p][/quote]oh that sounds really nice NOT LOL I think I will stick with my hardworking non benefit claiming husband! black jack ketchum
  • Score: 6

5:49pm Thu 11 Oct 12

SpaffSpiff84 says...

...some people get accomodation and a stable relationship before having a baby, crazy i know
...some people get accomodation and a stable relationship before having a baby, crazy i know SpaffSpiff84
  • Score: 3

6:34pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Steve H says...

Josie Cook, if you don't like it, MOVE!! Oh wait, what's that, you can't because you are being put up for free? Think yourself lucky young lady, once IDS's welfare reforms come into place you will be lucky to get a place at all and IMHO it can't come soon enough, having a child to get a house or flat should be outlawed.
Josie Cook, if you don't like it, MOVE!! Oh wait, what's that, you can't because you are being put up for free? Think yourself lucky young lady, once IDS's welfare reforms come into place you will be lucky to get a place at all and IMHO it can't come soon enough, having a child to get a house or flat should be outlawed. Steve H
  • Score: 6

7:03pm Thu 11 Oct 12

Brunning999 says...

There is loads of Private properties waiting for tenants move !

stop blaming a building, it is the occupants that are the problem not a building.
There is loads of Private properties waiting for tenants move ! stop blaming a building, it is the occupants that are the problem not a building. Brunning999
  • Score: 3

5:17pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Nelly3 says...

Brooke House is actually a listed building! for it's 1960's architecture.
Brooke House is actually a listed building! for it's 1960's architecture. Nelly3
  • Score: 2

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