Wide screen devices may view this page better by clicking here

2 June 2010

Facebook   Twitter

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Gateshead tenants demand decent homes

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

For years the residents of the Seven Stars Estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, have been promised by councillors and housing management that their homes would be updated by 2010 with new kitchens, bathrooms, fires and combi-boilers, alongside having houses re-painted and rewired. But none of this has materialised.

Elaine Brunskill, Newcastle Socialist Party

Elaine Reid described the appalling state of repairs: "My windows are rotten, mould forms on the windows. The curtains and blinds actually blow in the wind."

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill   (Click to enlarge)

Elaine went on to tell me that the pointing on her house is like sand. She had requested a repair, but: "In January three years ago I came home from shopping to see the gable end moving. At first I couldn't believe my eyes. I called the fire brigade, within 15 to 20 minutes my house was cordoned off by the police and fire brigade. There were also officials from the council - I've never seen so many in my life. None of this would have happened if they'd done the repair in the first place."

Following this disaster Elaine got in touch with a local councillor who lives on the same estate to seek compensation from the council for damage to her house and garden. Elaine said: "She did nothing - no help at all. It actually made me wonder why she is a councillor if she didn't bother to help when I got in touch." In the end Elaine was offered 50. The cost to re-decorate and put her garden back was far in excess of this.

Alongside many other residents on the Seven Stars Estate Elaine is now angry about the state of kitchens and the other improvements promised. Residents were shown photos and a CD of the new kitchens they were to be getting. Elaine, who works in a shop on the estate, said: "Everyone on the estate was talking about about how good everything was going to be."

Elaine added that when the surveyor came out he didn't even have a pencil or paper with him: "I tried to explain the problems, the kitchen doors and drawers were hanging off and the bench tops were loose, but he wasn't interested. All he did was take a photo of the best part of the kitchen, then left.

"Since then I've been told all I'm getting are new doors and a lintel - that's all. All the promises of new kitchens, bathrooms etc have not materialised. Everyone feels let down and angry. We feel we have been penalised for looking after our properties."

At a recent residents association meeting councillors and management from Gateshead Housing Company (an arms length management organisation) came to explain what was going on. Elaine said: "There was standing room only at the meeting." However, still nothing is being done.

Recently the residents had a protest on the estate. Elaine said: "It was really lively. One of the women made a banner for her car, 'No Decent Homes - No Votes!' We were under the impression that our local councillors would step in and help - but they have been no help whatsoever."

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.

We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to click here to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 2 June 2010:

Stop Israeli state terror!


British Airways cabin crew strike

British Airways strike: Full support for the cabin crew


Environment and socialism

Oil spill is 'worst environmental disaster' to hit US


Socialist Party news and analysis

No to privatised academies: Defend public education

Millionaire cabinet plans cuts in benefits

One Law for the rich...

Them and us!

Interview with sacked Telegen workers

Youth Fight for Jobs: More trade unions add their support


Anti-racism

Cardiff says 'no' to the racist EDL


Housing crisis

Gateshead tenants demand decent homes


Socialist Party LGBT

Socialists campaign for Pride not profit in Birmingham


Marxist analysis: history

Margaret Thatcher: Why workers cannot forget


Scotland

Minority representation in Scotland for Westminster coalition of cuts

Socialist Party Scotland to be launched


Socialist Party workplace news

Fighting council cuts: Planning for united strikes in Kirklees

PCS conference Defend the public sector

Coventry - time for mass action

Will the councils fight the cuts?

University and Colleges Union: Congress votes to fight

UCU young members' conference

NSSN conference 2010


International socialist news and analysis

Jamaican armed forces surround and storm poor neighbourhood

Workers' suicides: The human cost of an iPad

Socialism Today


 

Home   |   The Socialist 2 June 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Housing:

triangleSwarming the London Mayor's question time

triangleTory cladding money will not make us safe

triangleGrenfell fire demonstrators, 17.6.17; Are we any closer to justice? photo Mary Finch

triangleSave our square: we need social housing and public services

triangleSave Our Square from New Labour gentrification

Tenants:

triangleMultimillion-pound rental firm demands thousands from homeless asylum seeker

triangleTenants and workers unite to take on landlords

triangleEviction ban extension not enough: make it longer, forgive the arrears!

triangleLeeds: Little London residents are celebrating

Gateshead:

triangleLocked down, hard up - Fight back!

triangleAdding demands to the weekly claps

triangleGateshead FC crisis: save our Heed!

Council:

triangleTories admit guilt for asylum seeker neglect

triangleSave John Carroll Leisure Centre

Article dated 2 June 2010

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

MEMBER RESOURCES

Pay in Fighting Fund

Pay in paper and book sales

Leaflets

Bulk book orders

New member submission

WHAT'S ON

triangle24 Feb Cardiff West Socialist Party: Struggle in Myanmar

triangle24 Feb Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Engels' book 'Socialism - Utopian and Scientific''

triangle25 Feb West London Socialist Party: Aids, section 28 and equal marriage - lessons for the fight for LGBTQ+ rights today

More...


The Socialist, weekly newspaper of the Socialist Party

Covid

What we think

News

Lessons from history

Workplace news

TUSC

Campaigns news

LGBT+ history month

International news

Readers' opinion

Subscribespacer|spacerebook / Kindlespacer|spacerPDF versionspacer|spacerText / Printspacer|spacer1122 onlinespacer|spacerBack issuesspacer|spacer Audio files


Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers.  They are fighting against

Leicester picket on the 21st strike day (22nd Feb) of around 7,000 British Gas engineers. They are fighting against 'fire and rehire' - designed to worsen terms and conditions. Photo by Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party

What We Stand For
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Platform setting: =

Desktop version