Life on ‘forgotten’ estate with ‘leaky baths, a jungle park and plague of rats’

Furious residents on a Leeds estate say their local council has “forgotten” them and have listed a catalogue of problems including black mould, leaky pipes, and a massive rat infestation.

One resident of the estate, Pat Fletcher, said she has expressed concerns to the council on numerous occasions regarding her leaking balcony.

Pat is on the top floor of the high-rise flats and says the canopy over the top of her balcony has huge cracks in it which leak, LeedsLive reports.

Pat said: "We seem to be like Brigadoon down here – the estate that is lost in the mist."

With the cold winter months approaching fast Pat is scared in case she slips and hurts herself on ice.

Residents told LeedsLive that they have had to share their neighbourhood with rats, which they claim have been getting into the buildings through badly fitted doors, and the council's 'cowboy solutions' to fix them.

One resident's car had even been infested by the rats, with the rodents nibbling at the electric in the vehicle.

Another neighbour of Saxton Gardens, Kathy Cocks, says five out of the seven radiators in her home have burst and claims her bath had been leaking into the flat below.

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Kathy says she was told by the plumber: "Whoever fitted your bathroom hadn't connected a pipe for the bath to drain away, the water is literally just running out below."

She added: "They were thrown up these flats. I bet they're all the same on this estate and they won't last as long as other flats do."

She says she is also living with black mould that is spreading rapidly in her living room.

Another member of the community, Pearl Mcardle, has a bathroom that she says is gaffer taped together as well as tiles she claims have broken off the wall.

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She claims her shower chair has a giant hole in it and the shower room leaks from above. There have also been complaints from an antisocial neighbour, who residents claim "has made our lives hell".

Pearl said: "I'm moving. I'm that sick of living here, I can't cope with the stress anymore its making me unwell."

Residents say the only solution the council have given is a letter listing the repairs with surveys that are to be undertook. They add that this letter allegedly states these tasks are 'ongoing' with no resolution as of yet.

A Leeds City Council spokesperson told LeedsLive: "We are sorry to hear that some residents living in Saxton Gardens feel this way about our service.

"We always welcome feedback from residents so that we can address any specific concerns. We are currently in the process of carrying out some major improvement works to blocks at Saxton Gardens as part of our commitment to provide safe and good quality homes."

"As our repairs service continues its recovery following the Covid pandemic we acknowledge that some non-essential repairs are taking longer to complete than normal, for which we apologise.

"We have regular contact with local residents to listen to any concerns so that we can address any issues raised. In addition, we carry out daily checks to our blocks to ensure that repairs and other issues are identified and are dealt with."

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