SMASHED windows, cracked houses, broken fences and mouldy walls are just some of the appaling conditions that residents in Smith’s Wood are forced to endure.
Add sinking floors, fly-tipping and ant infestation to the list and you begin to realise why the furious residents of Pheasant Croft and Landrail Walk have rallied in a bid to improve their living conditions.
Nearly all of the flats and houses in the surrounding area are owned by Solihull Council and residents want to know when, if ever, the flats will be knocked down, or repaired.
“We are going through hell,” said Stephanie Brown from Landrail Walk who has been waiting 18 months for a missing drainpipe to be fitted outside her flat.
“These flats are going to fall down before they are knocked down.”
One house on Landrail Walk has a huge crack running down its exterior while other properties have graffiti over their walls and broken fences.
A petition has been handed into Solihull Council in the hope that the local authority will help them but 49-year-old Stephanie cannot see an end to their troubles.
“It’s getting worse around here, and the kids and gangs are making the situation a lot harder for us residents.”
Joanne Tysall, from Pheasant Avenue, is equally frustrated as she deals with problems in her house.
“There’s mould everywhere and paint is peeling off the walls,” she said.
“Fences are not replaced when vandals break them and there’s graffiti everywhere.”
Peter Gardner, Director of Asset Management for SCH, urged tenants to report problems to the council so they can act swiftly to deal with them.
“According to our records, Mrs Brown had a survey done at her property in January of this year. The records also show that we carried out all the repairs we identified during the survey and that she hasn’t reported any repairs to us since.
“On July 24 an inspection of the block revealed that the downpipes needed to be replaced and that work is in progress.
“We would like to reassure tenants whose properties have been earmarked for demolition by the North Solihull Partnership that we are as concerned about keeping their properties in as good a condition as possible.”