Disabled woman in Walthamstow moved into empty house by Ascham Homes

Gillian Todd is registered disabled

Gillian Todd is registered disabled

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

Having suffered with damp problems in her home for years, disabled woman Gillian Todd was delighted when her housing provider finally promised her a new home.

But joy turned to disappointment when she moved in to find herself living in an empty house, with everything stripped out - except for the kitchen sink.  

Gillian Todd, 54, was moved out of her home in Essex Close, Walthamstow five weeks ago after what she calls ‘persistent damp’ made it impossible for her to stay.

But despite being promised a whole new bathroom and kitchen in her new home, the fittings were ripped out and never replaced  three weeks ago.

Mrs Todd is registered as disabled and uses a stick to move around.

She said: “I haven’t had a cooker or a washing machine since the day I moved in here. There’s not even a cupboard on the wall.

“I just can’t understand why they have moved me in here. Nobody has told me when it will be fixed. Dinner and the laundrette is costing me a fortune.”

Ascham Homes has been asked for comment. 

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8:42am Tue 24 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

They provide the washing machines as well?

No wonder benefits is an attractive option these days.
They provide the washing machines as well? No wonder benefits is an attractive option these days. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -11

11:24am Tue 24 Jun 14

Sharlott says...

No, she's most likely unable to plum it into a derelict kitchen.
No, she's most likely unable to plum it into a derelict kitchen. Sharlott
  • Score: 17

11:31am Tue 24 Jun 14

T. Watts says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
They provide the washing machines as well?

No wonder benefits is an attractive option these days.
No, no, no Cornbeefur - when you do your pathetic trolling thing against institutions, companies or political parties, then it's all good (if a little tedious) fun for all us Cornbeefur watchers out there.

However, when you spin your sad little trade to include this poor woman and her awful predicament, then it's one troll too far.

Go and play with the traffic or something. Or bring back the old faves like the green toothed lefties on the Orford Road or the darleks. Sad. So sad.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They provide the washing machines as well? No wonder benefits is an attractive option these days.[/p][/quote]No, no, no Cornbeefur - when you do your pathetic trolling thing against institutions, companies or political parties, then it's all good (if a little tedious) fun for all us Cornbeefur watchers out there. However, when you spin your sad little trade to include this poor woman and her awful predicament, then it's one troll too far. Go and play with the traffic or something. Or bring back the old faves like the green toothed lefties on the Orford Road or the darleks. Sad. So sad. T. Watts
  • Score: 10

12:00pm Tue 24 Jun 14

stickmanny says...

Benefits are so generous these days I've decided to jack in my £40k a year job so I can have a kitchen like this
Benefits are so generous these days I've decided to jack in my £40k a year job so I can have a kitchen like this stickmanny
  • Score: 10

3:21pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

If the woman moved into an empty house, Osborne's, who have the maintenance contract with Ascham Homes, were probably told the property was empty, so they put it on the back burner so they could redeploy their workforce; so it's down to Ascham Homes not informing Osborne's.

Osborne's took three months to do my property. Two fire doors later, it still doesn't close, as I suspect none in Ascham properties will.

Some of Osborne's workforce don't seem to be trained in the work they are expected to do; good plasterers though, better than the English bloke who bish-boshed a ripply wall. When I complained, Ascham's sent a surveyor who asked: "How flat do you want it?"
If the woman moved into an empty house, Osborne's, who have the maintenance contract with Ascham Homes, were probably told the property was empty, so they put it on the back burner so they could redeploy their workforce; so it's down to Ascham Homes not informing Osborne's. Osborne's took three months to do my property. Two fire doors later, it still doesn't close, as I suspect none in Ascham properties will. Some of Osborne's workforce don't seem to be trained in the work they are expected to do; good plasterers though, better than the English bloke who bish-boshed a ripply wall. When I complained, Ascham's sent a surveyor who asked: "How flat do you want it?" Thunderbird4
  • Score: 8

10:32pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Rosemarii says...

I know how this feels, I am also disabled and been left with my cooker not connected or fitted in the kitchen since moving in 1yr and 3months ; ( , a broken shower drain that smells of sewage! In a house that is supposed to be disability adapted with stairs! And a lift that's been broken by the housing department since August 2013, the house is in such state and I have been waiting for repairs for 15 months!!! Unable to unpack as decorating is needed for damp stains that are all over the ceilings 15months later and the housing has even told my MP in writing that these repairs were completed in November last year? Which is a total lie and the only thing they have fixed in 15months of waiting is the door bell! Which was broke and replaced with a plug in bell! Housing associations are not being held accountable and being able to treat tenants in this way and to lie and get away with it to my MP too!!!
I know how this feels, I am also disabled and been left with my cooker not connected or fitted in the kitchen since moving in 1yr and 3months ; ( , a broken shower drain that smells of sewage! In a house that is supposed to be disability adapted with stairs! And a lift that's been broken by the housing department since August 2013, the house is in such state and I have been waiting for repairs for 15 months!!! Unable to unpack as decorating is needed for damp stains that are all over the ceilings 15months later and the housing has even told my MP in writing that these repairs were completed in November last year? Which is a total lie and the only thing they have fixed in 15months of waiting is the door bell! Which was broke and replaced with a plug in bell! Housing associations are not being held accountable and being able to treat tenants in this way and to lie and get away with it to my MP too!!! Rosemarii
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Rosemarii, count yourself lucky. Someone I know/knew, died a couple of weeks ago, falling in the bath and hitting his head, when the handrail came away from the wall. No one's safe with them. Not fit for purpose.
Rosemarii, count yourself lucky. Someone I know/knew, died a couple of weeks ago, falling in the bath and hitting his head, when the handrail came away from the wall. No one's safe with them. Not fit for purpose. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 0

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