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Disabled man’s heat noise trauma solved

“IF it keeps on I will top myself!”

“IF it keeps on I will top myself!”

Those were the heartfelt words from a disabled Knowle man who was at the end of his tether with Solihull Council over constant noise from his heating - meaning the St John’s Close resident hasn’t had a decent night sleep for months.

Kevin Walsh, who is 60, has been a tenant of Solihull Community Housing at a development for the elderly and disabled since March this year.

A former chef, pub singer and ex-serviceman, Kevin broke his back 30 years ago leaving him in constant pain.

However he has never needed anti-depressants until now saying his life is a misery thanks to the noise from his heating system .

“I have had to go and stay at my ex-wife’s house in Chelmsley Wood four nights a week just to get some sleep. I have phoned the council constantly and stayed in for 10 days over a number of weeks waiting for them.

“They say they are coming and then they don’t turn up or when they do they say it’s not them, its another department. They just pass the buck. All the tenants are sick of water problems and leaks.”

Mr Walsh is taking medication because of the stress and has even stopped caring for the garden which all the residents share.

“I have done all the gardening here - I enjoy it but when the council came and put a new roof on and put up scaffolding, they broke all the flower pots. I can’t get motivated now. “

In desperation Mr Walsh contacted The Solihull News with his plight. We called the council and within days his heating had been fixed.

“Now I have had the first couple of good night’s sleep in months” he said.

Matt Cooney, Chief Executive of Solihull Community Housing said: “We are sorry to hear about Mr Walsh’s problems. We have visited his home on a number of occasions and again this week to secure any pipes that could be the source of his concern. None of his neighbours have reported similar concerns and we are hopeful that the issue has now been resolved.”



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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