Rent strike threat by families in London’s worst tower block’
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 March 2010 | UPDATED: 15:42 05 October 2010
ANGRY families threatening a rent strike confronted council chiefs during a dramatic showdown over a nightmare’ tower block in London’s East End. Dozens of protesters turned up at the housing office this-afternoon
By Keir Mudie
ANGRY families threatening a rent strike confronted council chiefs during a dramatic showdown over a nightmare’ tower block in what tenants call “London’s worst tower block.”
Dozens of protesters turned up at Tower Hamlets council’s area housing office in the Roman Road in London’s East End this-afternoon.
They listed a “catalogue of horrors” such as new lifts that don’t work, leaving elderly and disabled tenants and pregnant women stranded on upper floors, flooding, yobs terrorising their neighbourhood, dampness, dumped rubbish, graffiti and the general run-down state.
They laid out their demands for compensation for the living conditions at Brodick House off the Roman Road.
Protestors vowed to withhold their rent if the problems continued.
“The whole thing has been a nightmare,” protest organiser Nurhan Ramaj told the East London Advertiser. “There are people in the building suffering, mums with young children, the elderly and disabled.
“We want to hear from the council in the next 28 days or we are going to withhold our rent.”
The protesters told housing bosses they believed theuy were stuck in “London’s worst tower block” and demanded action to end the misery having to live in it.
They confronted the council’s cabinet member for housing, Marc Francis, who promised to look into the claims and investigate “the possibility of compensation.”
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