Gran kicks up a stink on drains

Gillian Martin with her granddaughters Jaynee, Jazmin and Jessica next to the overflowing drains at the back of her house. Picture: OX58649 Greg Blatchford

Gillian Martin with her granddaughters Jaynee, Jazmin and Jessica next to the overflowing drains at the back of her house. Picture: OX58649 Greg Blatchford

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AN apology has been issued to an East Oxford grandma whose homelife has been made a misery by overflowing drains.

The smelly effluent started leaking into Gillian Martin’s garden from her drains almost three months ago.

Mrs Martin, 65, a council tenant who lives in Nye Bevan Close, said she had repeatedly called the Town Hall about the leak, but nothing had been done.

The grandmother said: “It’s disgusting. All this slime is coming into my garden. This has been going on for almost three months. The council was supposed to be coming down, but they haven’t.

“The smell of it is coming through to the kitchen – it smells like rotten eggs, and my garden and shed has been infested with rats.”

But now, after the Oxford Mail contacted Oxford City Council, work is expected to begin on Tuesday to repair the drains.

Mrs Martin explained that her grandchildren have been unable to play outside and the stinking , overflowing drains had attracted rats.

She said exterminators had been in several times to deal with the rat problem, but the vermin were still present.

Mrs Martin lives with her daughter Lucy and her children Jessica, 10, Jazmin, seven, and six-year-old Jaynee.

Miss Martin, 30, said: “It’s horrible for the kids because they can’t go out and play, and when they come down to have their breakfast the stench of rotten drains is everywhere.

“The smell comes into the house and it’s not nice at all.

“You phone the council up and they say they will let someone know about it, but nothing happens. The rat man has been out, but he said the rats are actually feeding off the stuff and that’s why we can’t get rid of them.”

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Oxford City Council spokesman Eva Oliver said: “We are sorry to hear about Ms Martin’s issue.

“The repairs to the leaking drain have been scheduled to take place on Tuesday. “This work is scheduled to last one or two days. It will involve digging up and repairing a leaking drain located between two properties, to ensure the drains of this property are back to its usual standard.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

Thames Water spokesman Natalie Slater said: “We did attend back in December to advise, but we arranged for an engineer to go back yesterday to help the customer arrange for it to be cleared.”

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8:38am Sat 20 Apr 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

Perhaps Mrs Martin could spare a thought for the majority of us elderly people who haven't the privilege of living in a council house and who have to dig into our pockets for things like this. It's only been a little wait for her. Others have to hope that members of the family and friends will rally round to help
Perhaps Mrs Martin could spare a thought for the majority of us elderly people who haven't the privilege of living in a council house and who have to dig into our pockets for things like this. It's only been a little wait for her. Others have to hope that members of the family and friends will rally round to help Lord Palmerstone
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12:19pm Sat 20 Apr 13

ogtoday79 says...

Well that's your problem and view, Somepeople have worked all their lifes brought up a family and got their house up to standards they want and when they are a council tennent it is their issue to sort a problem like this its not Mrs Martin''s fault, this has happened! There is many pensioners who are council tennents, who are entitle to certai problems in thire homes to be sorted by their landlords who may happen to be the council. This is also looks a health hazard to herself and the grandchildren so let's hope it gets sorted!
Well that's your problem and view, Somepeople have worked all their lifes brought up a family and got their house up to standards they want and when they are a council tennent it is their issue to sort a problem like this its not Mrs Martin''s fault, this has happened! There is many pensioners who are council tennents, who are entitle to certai problems in thire homes to be sorted by their landlords who may happen to be the council. This is also looks a health hazard to herself and the grandchildren so let's hope it gets sorted! ogtoday79
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4:10pm Sat 20 Apr 13

Myron Blatz says...

I think the point, Palmerstone, is that minor aristocracy like yourself just have to accept that if paying rent to one's Landlord - in this case Oxford City Council - then one is perfectly within one's legal qrights to expect the Landlord to make good any such repair, and take the Landlord/whoever is responsible to Court, if such does not happen. Moreover, that even land-owning gentry like yourself can take City Council and utility companies to task over leaking sewage. Sadly, Oxford City Council seems to have a poor track-record with its Tenants - it's only a few months back when I seem to recall that the Oxford Mail ran an article on a major rat infestation at one of the Council's showcase Sheltered Housing blocks for the elderly, where the Council doesn't usually let Tenants have pets, but let 'communal rats' run amok for months!
I think the point, Palmerstone, is that minor aristocracy like yourself just have to accept that if paying rent to one's Landlord - in this case Oxford City Council - then one is perfectly within one's legal qrights to expect the Landlord to make good any such repair, and take the Landlord/whoever is responsible to Court, if such does not happen. Moreover, that even land-owning gentry like yourself can take City Council and utility companies to task over leaking sewage. Sadly, Oxford City Council seems to have a poor track-record with its Tenants - it's only a few months back when I seem to recall that the Oxford Mail ran an article on a major rat infestation at one of the Council's showcase Sheltered Housing blocks for the elderly, where the Council doesn't usually let Tenants have pets, but let 'communal rats' run amok for months! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -1

3:54am Sun 21 Apr 13

Scaramucia says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
I think the point, Palmerstone, is that minor aristocracy like yourself just have to accept that if paying rent to one's Landlord - in this case Oxford City Council - then one is perfectly within one's legal qrights to expect the Landlord to make good any such repair, and take the Landlord/whoever is responsible to Court, if such does not happen. Moreover, that even land-owning gentry like yourself can take City Council and utility companies to task over leaking sewage. Sadly, Oxford City Council seems to have a poor track-record with its Tenants - it's only a few months back when I seem to recall that the Oxford Mail ran an article on a major rat infestation at one of the Council's showcase Sheltered Housing blocks for the elderly, where the Council doesn't usually let Tenants have pets, but let 'communal rats' run amok for months!
But Myron, what is the situation if the Landlord is paying the rent for you. I.E. Oxford City Council/Central government through Housing Benefit. That is what The Lord is pertaining to.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: I think the point, Palmerstone, is that minor aristocracy like yourself just have to accept that if paying rent to one's Landlord - in this case Oxford City Council - then one is perfectly within one's legal qrights to expect the Landlord to make good any such repair, and take the Landlord/whoever is responsible to Court, if such does not happen. Moreover, that even land-owning gentry like yourself can take City Council and utility companies to task over leaking sewage. Sadly, Oxford City Council seems to have a poor track-record with its Tenants - it's only a few months back when I seem to recall that the Oxford Mail ran an article on a major rat infestation at one of the Council's showcase Sheltered Housing blocks for the elderly, where the Council doesn't usually let Tenants have pets, but let 'communal rats' run amok for months![/p][/quote]But Myron, what is the situation if the Landlord is paying the rent for you. I.E. Oxford City Council/Central government through Housing Benefit. That is what The Lord is pertaining to. Scaramucia
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3:58am Sun 21 Apr 13

Scaramucia says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
I think the point, Palmerstone, is that minor aristocracy like yourself just have to accept that if paying rent to one's Landlord - in this case Oxford City Council - then one is perfectly within one's legal qrights to expect the Landlord to make good any such repair, and take the Landlord/whoever is responsible to Court, if such does not happen. Moreover, that even land-owning gentry like yourself can take City Council and utility companies to task over leaking sewage. Sadly, Oxford City Council seems to have a poor track-record with its Tenants - it's only a few months back when I seem to recall that the Oxford Mail ran an article on a major rat infestation at one of the Council's showcase Sheltered Housing blocks for the elderly, where the Council doesn't usually let Tenants have pets, but let 'communal rats' run amok for months!
But Myron, what is the situation if the Landlord is paying the rent for you. I.E. Oxford City Council/Central government through Housing Benefit. That is what The Lord is pertaining to.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: I think the point, Palmerstone, is that minor aristocracy like yourself just have to accept that if paying rent to one's Landlord - in this case Oxford City Council - then one is perfectly within one's legal qrights to expect the Landlord to make good any such repair, and take the Landlord/whoever is responsible to Court, if such does not happen. Moreover, that even land-owning gentry like yourself can take City Council and utility companies to task over leaking sewage. Sadly, Oxford City Council seems to have a poor track-record with its Tenants - it's only a few months back when I seem to recall that the Oxford Mail ran an article on a major rat infestation at one of the Council's showcase Sheltered Housing blocks for the elderly, where the Council doesn't usually let Tenants have pets, but let 'communal rats' run amok for months![/p][/quote]But Myron, what is the situation if the Landlord is paying the rent for you. I.E. Oxford City Council/Central government through Housing Benefit. That is what The Lord is pertaining to. Scaramucia
  • Score: -59

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