Residents petition slams council for estate condition

Basildon Recorder: Councillor Phil Rackley and residents Councillor Phil Rackley and residents

RESIDENTS of 19 homes have drawn up a petition demanding Basildon Council take action about the condition of their estate.

All 19 homes at Gay Links estate in Basildon have put together a list with suggestions for the council including repairs to the damaged roads and pavements and trees, which have apparently not been cut back for ten years, which are blocking out the sun and affecting satellite dish reception.

Jean Oldacre has lived on the estate for the last 27 years and says it has got gradually worse as the years have gone by. She has started up this petition with the help of her neighbours.

Mrs Oldacre, 73, said: “It is madness, it really is. I don’t understand what has to happen for the council to help us out as several of the residents have tripped over now. I can’t think of another area as bad as this. I campaigned four years ago as we had to bend over to walk down the pavements as tree branches kept attacking us. All they did then was trim the lower branches but now things are much worse.”

“We have young families with pushchairs and elderly people with walking frames and it is not a safe area. There are 19 properties and 12 enormous trees blocking out the sunlight and the trees are burrowing underneath the pavement. If they are left who knows what damage they could cause.”

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7:28pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Gay Ray says...

Any estate with a name like 'Gay Links' should be beautifully maintained.
Any estate with a name like 'Gay Links' should be beautifully maintained. Gay Ray
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7:33pm Wed 17 Oct 12

Nebs says...

If it is so bad there, how about doing a home swap. From what I've read in this paper there must be plenty of people living in Brooke House who would be glad to suffer some overgrown trees.
If it is so bad there, how about doing a home swap. From what I've read in this paper there must be plenty of people living in Brooke House who would be glad to suffer some overgrown trees. Nebs
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8:06am Thu 18 Oct 12

Brunning999 says...

It is very very easy to deal with this the same as any location in England.

If as tenants say that their right to natural lights has been affected and conditions of safety have been caused by the trees then :

1. Write to the Authorities in charge of trees using recorded delivery.

2. Write again if no reply (which is normal) is received.

3. Write and tell the authorities that they have 30 days to put the matter right or tenants will pay and charge the authorities for the work.

4 if after 30 days no action is taken employ authority RECOGNISED tree contractors.

5. Involve the press to cause maximum embarrassment then bill the authorities.

6. If they do not pay withhold the rates/rent to the amount of costs involved.

Easy COURTS WILL SUPPORT YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU HAVE ACTED WITHIN THE LAW.
It is very very easy to deal with this the same as any location in England. If as tenants say that their right to natural lights has been affected and conditions of safety have been caused by the trees then : 1. Write to the Authorities in charge of trees using recorded delivery. 2. Write again if no reply (which is normal) is received. 3. Write and tell the authorities that they have 30 days to put the matter right or tenants will pay and charge the authorities for the work. 4 if after 30 days no action is taken employ authority RECOGNISED tree contractors. 5. Involve the press to cause maximum embarrassment then bill the authorities. 6. If they do not pay withhold the rates/rent to the amount of costs involved. Easy COURTS WILL SUPPORT YOUR RIGHTS IF YOU HAVE ACTED WITHIN THE LAW. Brunning999
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11:46am Thu 18 Oct 12

Eric Whim says...

spot the counciller - yes you got it he's the one that looks like he ate all the pies
spot the counciller - yes you got it he's the one that looks like he ate all the pies Eric Whim
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