Friday 5 April 2013 10.54am
we am posting regarding a very serious subject and any comments or advice would be most welcome. We have noticed discussion about Southwark charges and services in this forum and are now rather desperate for help. We are in the Bermondsey area, in not one of the more fashionable ends, but we hope this topic will be in the same vein as the other disussions and we can get heard what is going on before it is even more a case of it being too late.
Our problem is that on our estate, local councillors and MPs (Labour's Richard Livingstone and Catherine Mcdonald) ignore our evidence, dating back several years, of the CCTV not only not working, but pointing at the sky - at the moment, if it were working and if the concierge were bothered to look, the CCTV would afford a very good view of the sky above the Jubilee Line, and nothing more. A police officer who came knocking door-to-door because there was no recorded or witness statement available from our insultingly and jokingly title 'Security' following a SEXUAL ASSAULT, wondered if the concierge was 'stargazing'. The crime is in capitals because the crimes that are being allowed to take place are the real issue here, not just the fact what we are paying for this non-existent service is obviously not going where it should. We have also suffered and sre suffering from arson, car theft and vandalism, damage to property, harassment, abuse,drug-dealing and extreme noise from any time into the early hours. Our mental and physical health is palpably suffering as a direct result. Standing directly beneath the upwards-pointing camera our Housing Officer would not even turn her head to look at it after one crime, simply waving her hand and telling us 'don't worry about the cameras'. One police officer told us that the Housing Ombudsman should go through Southwark's accounts - they changed our charge for 'Security/CCTV' to just 'Security', yet the charge remains and we do not know what for. We certainly do not have an available concierge, at least when we most need one. We are seriously fearful for the health of many of us, especially the older people, and wonder exactly has to happen for things to change. Perhaps they are waiting for the opportunity for another 'inquiry' when they can wring their hands and ask why nothing was done and people weren't listened to.
If this is allowed, here is the address to more details -
Any help gratefully and desperately received.
Tenants and residents of Tustin Estate.