Friday, June 23, 2006


Lift in 65 off today and yesterday.

I phoned up GHA at Queen's Cross to find out why the right hand lift in 65 was off today and yesterday with no word from anyone about what was going on.

The housing officer at first didn't know what I was talking about, but then phoned me back to say that it was because GHA contractors and put the lift off deliberately while they were doing "environmental clearout". Apprently it was for our safety so that we wouldn't get into the lift with them. The lift has been left in a really dirty state, there's old carpets and a large metal plate left in the foyer and a large wheelie bin just outside the door so it loks like they were clearing out a flat. My guess is that they just wanted uninterrupted use of the lift so they could move all the stuff out and so locked it so they had it on priority.

I said that they should put signs up on all the landings when the lifts are off. I think it shows distain for the residents that they think its fine to just monopolise our lifts, which are the access to our homes, and not even let us know, and then to leave the place in such a tip. At least if a sign is up you don't have to stand pushing the button for 5 minutes and not know whether its just taking its time as normal, or whether to risk the backstairs.

We are not treated as if we are valued in our own homes, but that it doesn't matter if we are inconvenienced. I think that this stems from a culture from before GHA took over but they need to change it. Its fine for them to put up expensive billboards and adverts on the TV and radio about how happy all their tenants are with their new kitchens and bathrooms (and when are we going to get them?) but if there was actually a culture that residents mattered and have a right to know what is going on in our own homes they wouldn't need to waste our rent money telling us how happy we are with them because it would actually be true!

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