We're 'living in a slum' as 'jungle' garden is SO overgrown it blocks our windows – but it's not up to us to fix | The Sun

A COUPLE'S flat is a pain in the grass because the communal garden has not been cut all year.

Angela Robinson, 53, said her and husband Raymond, 66, are “living in a slum” due to a “jungle” growing outside.


They pay a £10 a month on top of their rent with the other 11 tenants for the block's stairs and outdoor garden to be maintained.

But Angela said nettles are so big they are now reaching the windowsills of her ground floor flat in Edinburgh.

She said: "Nobody has been at all this year, I've phoned and I've phoned.

"It's a beautiful estate we stay in, our flats are for social renting and the rest of the estate is absolutely immaculate.

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"We stick out like a sore thumb and it's embarrassing. When you drive or walk up, it looks like you're coming into a slum."

Angela has lived in the block for four years and said it has never before been a problem.

She added: "When I look out, I feel down and depressed looking at it so I can just imagine what the rest of our neighbours are thinking looking at it.

"I've said numerous times, we're paying for a service that we're not getting.

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"I phoned and they asked if I wanted to make the complaint. I said I wanted something done quicker than that."

Linked Housing apologised and said the issue will be resolved.

A spokesman added: “We have been made aware of issues relating to standards of grounds maintenance works undertaken by our contractor at our homes in South Queensferry, and have written to customers who have been impacted by this to apologise.

“We have also notified customers that we are working closely with the contractor to resolve the issues as a priority and to ensure normal service resumes as soon as possible.

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“An action plan been put in place to ensure all outstanding work is delivered in full, and, where any further or supporting works are identified or required, these will be completed at cost by the contractor or Link.

“Our primary focus at this time is to ensure the level of service is restored over the next few weeks.”

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