Angela Robinson, 53, from Edinburgh, says her block of flats now looks like a “slum” because Link Housing’s owners have not tended the garden to the extent that it looks like a “jungle”.
One resident says she feels like she’s in a ‘slum’ living in a flat in Edinburgh because her yard looks like a ‘jungle’.
Angela Robinson, 53, lives with her husband Raymond, 66, who struggles with mobility and hasn’t been in the garden long enough this year with the nettles reaching the windows, reported Edinburgh Live.
She says it’s so bad it’s embarrassing and that other residents of the Stein Street apartments in South Queensferry feel the same way.
The property is owned by Link Housing and all 12 tenants pay a fee of £10 per month on top of their rent to maintain the staircase and outdoor garden.
The organization has since apologized to residents and says it will take action, it said.
Angela said that in addition to her husband, who has a cane, a neighbor needs a wheelchair to get around and also has difficulty accessing the building because of the length of the grass.
Angela said: “I think the last cut was around September/October last year, which is normal, but then it should have been cut again in February/March. No one was there at all this year, I called and I’ We live in a beautiful property, our apartments are socially rented and the rest of the property is absolutely immaculate.
“We’re sticking out like a sore thumb and it’s embarrassing. If you drive or walk up, it looks like you’re going to a slum.
“I’m not alone, the rest of the tenants on the block feel the same way. I have contacted Link Housing several times since April and still nothing has been done. They always assured me someone was on their way.”
Angela added that if her granddaughter lay down on the grass outside, you wouldn’t be able to see her.
She said that after buying a table and chairs and a clothesline, she and her husband still haven’t made it outside this year with summer approaching.
Angela continued: “Now the jagged nettles are coming over our windows. The folks at Link Housing who are dealing with the complaints have assured me they would call me back the next day but nothing. I first contacted her in April and I’ve been chasing her 3 or 4 times a week sometimes.
“I actually spoke to them this morning, June 10th, but they refused to put me through to anyone else as they would just give me the same answer I’ve gotten so far, which they have no contractor for.
“I have lived in this particular block of flats for four years and it has never been a problem until now. We pay our rent and a factoring fee is included which includes tending the garden and keeping the stairs clean but also if they come around that don’t do it right, they’re in and out in five minutes.”
“When I look outside I feel down and depressed looking at it so I can imagine what the rest of our neighbors are thinking as they look at it. you do not get.
“I called today 10 June and they asked if I wanted to take the complaint to a level two but I said no as it would be 20 days before I heard from them. I said I wanted something done faster.”
A Link spokesman, EdinburghLive reported, said: “We have been made aware of issues relating to the standards of floor maintenance work being carried out by our contractor at our South Queensferry homes and have written to clients who have been affected in order to to apologize.
“We have also informed customers that we are working closely with the contractor to resolve the issues as a matter of priority and ensure normal service resumes as soon as possible.
“An action plan has been drawn up to ensure that all outstanding work is delivered in full and where further or supporting work is identified or required this will be completed by the contractor or link at cost.
“Our primary focus right now is to ensure service levels are restored over the next few weeks.”
The Mirror has reached out to Link Housing for comment.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/resident-blasts-neglected-jungle-garden-27225319 Residents blast neglected 'jungle' garden to make homes look 'slum'