Broken lift makes life hard for Kelly

Broken lift makes life hard for Kelly

Broken lift makes life hard for Kelly

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A DISABLED woman says she has had to struggle up two flights of stairs for nearly two weeks because the lift at her council block of flats has not been fixed.

Kelly Ruston, 42, claims Basildon Council has left the lift in Brooke House broken since October 11.

She suffers from fibromyalgia, a long-term muscle condition which causes pain all over her body, including chronic back pain.

Kelly was originally told the lift would not be fixed until November 4, because engineers were waiting for a part, but the council has now said work will start today.

It comes as residents were due to have talks with the council last night to explain their frustrations and concerns at living in the Grade II listed block of flats.

The breakdown of the lift, which serves the even numbers in the block, has led to more people using the rubbish chutes, which became blocked for four days. Then the stairwell became a dumping ground for fly-tippers discarding rotting food.

Kelly said: “I have a dog and must make this journey down the stairs four or five times a day.

“Climbing the stairs is not good. I have muscle problems and chronic back pain. They shouldn’t let us live in a place with all this rubbish and where you can’t even get to your home.

“This lift problem is getting everyone shirty. The council hasn’t told us anything, it’s totally wrong.”

A Basildon Council spokesman said: “We have experienced problems with the lift serving the even-numbered floors of Brooke House. However, the council’s contractor has confirmed a new replacement part will be installed, leaving the lift in working order.”

 

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4:16pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Duck Egg says...

Sigh
Sigh Duck Egg
  • Score: 7

4:18pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Bluebs says...

Yep...might be easier if she lost some weight...not a dig...just good advice, I'm surprised her doctor treating her disability hasn't mentioned it.
Yep...might be easier if she lost some weight...not a dig...just good advice, I'm surprised her doctor treating her disability hasn't mentioned it. Bluebs
  • Score: 12

4:23pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Kim Gandy says...

Here come the personal attacks... as always...
Here come the personal attacks... as always... Kim Gandy
  • Score: -9

4:29pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Noteworthy says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Here come the personal attacks... as always...
Don't feed the trolls...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Here come the personal attacks... as always...[/p][/quote]Don't feed the trolls... Noteworthy
  • Score: -1

4:29pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Middle finger to the law says...

Maybe she wouldn't be in this situation had she kept off the pies. The exercise will do her good though for the time being.
Maybe she wouldn't be in this situation had she kept off the pies. The exercise will do her good though for the time being. Middle finger to the law
  • Score: 16

4:38pm Thu 24 Oct 13

emcee says...

Bluebs wrote:
Yep...might be easier if she lost some weight...not a dig...just good advice, I'm surprised her doctor treating her disability hasn't mentioned it.
Not really your place to advise. though, is it, especially when you have no idea what this lady's medical records, and conversations with her doctor, contain.
[quote][p][bold]Bluebs[/bold] wrote: Yep...might be easier if she lost some weight...not a dig...just good advice, I'm surprised her doctor treating her disability hasn't mentioned it.[/p][/quote]Not really your place to advise. though, is it, especially when you have no idea what this lady's medical records, and conversations with her doctor, contain. emcee
  • Score: 0

4:50pm Thu 24 Oct 13

AndyBSG says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Here come the personal attacks... as always...
It's hardly a personal attack as it's quite well known that one of the contributing factors to fibromyalgia is obesity...
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Here come the personal attacks... as always...[/p][/quote]It's hardly a personal attack as it's quite well known that one of the contributing factors to fibromyalgia is obesity... AndyBSG
  • Score: 13

4:55pm Thu 24 Oct 13

kathy says...

Middle finger to the law wrote:
Maybe she wouldn't be in this situation had she kept off the pies. The exercise will do her good though for the time being.
Well you learn something new every day, who would have thought pies cause Fibromyalgia ? Perhaps you should tell the medical profession, I'm sure they'd be glad of your expert advice.
[quote][p][bold]Middle finger to the law[/bold] wrote: Maybe she wouldn't be in this situation had she kept off the pies. The exercise will do her good though for the time being.[/p][/quote]Well you learn something new every day, who would have thought pies cause Fibromyalgia ? Perhaps you should tell the medical profession, I'm sure they'd be glad of your expert advice. kathy
  • Score: -2

5:32pm Thu 24 Oct 13

InTheKnowOk says...

Why is she allowed to have a dog in a flat?
Why is she allowed to have a dog in a flat? InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 15

5:35pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Baker-Boy says...

So I see this as a couple of issue one I wonder if she chose the flat if so surely if so you must know lifts sometime break two why choose to own a pet when know the lift may be broken and u may have to make the trip up stairs more often
So I see this as a couple of issue one I wonder if she chose the flat if so surely if so you must know lifts sometime break two why choose to own a pet when know the lift may be broken and u may have to make the trip up stairs more often Baker-Boy
  • Score: 6

5:36pm Thu 24 Oct 13

landydave says...

they are already aware Kathy.
NHS website also says that excercise helps her conditon and reduces pain. It's linked to underactive thyroid (wondered how long it would be until that one was played) so maybe she didnt eat all the pies but i reckon she had a go. I wouldnt call her disabled though....
they are already aware Kathy. NHS website also says that excercise helps her conditon and reduces pain. It's linked to underactive thyroid (wondered how long it would be until that one was played) so maybe she didnt eat all the pies but i reckon she had a go. I wouldnt call her disabled though.... landydave
  • Score: 7

5:36pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Why dose she not walk down one floor. Hey Presto! A lift that works
Why dose she not walk down one floor. Hey Presto! A lift that works Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 19

6:11pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Barry Bas says...

It is hard to tell (in fact probably impossible unless you are a doctor) if some people are obese because they are disabled or are they disabled because they are obese.
It is hard to tell (in fact probably impossible unless you are a doctor) if some people are obese because they are disabled or are they disabled because they are obese. Barry Bas
  • Score: 3

6:21pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Born & bread says...

It doesn't seem to have an effect on her arms unless somebody else has to feed her.
It doesn't seem to have an effect on her arms unless somebody else has to feed her. Born & bread
  • Score: 8

6:25pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Clifford Close says...

maybe they could move her to a groundfloor place elsewhere in the town.
maybe they could move her to a groundfloor place elsewhere in the town. Clifford Close
  • Score: -6

6:52pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Bluebs says...

If she's got to walk her dog 5 times a day..not that disabled is she?
Basic health advice is to maintain a healthy weight...don't need a medical degree to understand that one.
If she's got to walk her dog 5 times a day..not that disabled is she? Basic health advice is to maintain a healthy weight...don't need a medical degree to understand that one. Bluebs
  • Score: 8

8:19pm Thu 24 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"The breakdown of the lift, which serves the even numbers in the block, has led to more people using the rubbish chutes, which became blocked for four days."


so what fat git got stuck in the chute then and stop others going down it for 4 days...?
"The breakdown of the lift, which serves the even numbers in the block, has led to more people using the rubbish chutes, which became blocked for four days." so what fat git got stuck in the chute then and stop others going down it for 4 days...? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 12

9:27pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Jack222 says...

Obviously they'll try and fix it as soon as possible so why is this in the news?

Now, do they own these flats ? Oh, we are paying, that's right...
Obviously they'll try and fix it as soon as possible so why is this in the news? Now, do they own these flats ? Oh, we are paying, that's right... Jack222
  • Score: 6

9:59pm Thu 24 Oct 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Jack222 wrote:
Obviously they'll try and fix it as soon as possible so why is this in the news?

Now, do they own these flats ? Oh, we are paying, that's right...
its not news...its another complainer thinking that if they go and tell all to the Echo the lift will get fixed yesterday, they just sticking the knife in, if they have to order parts in then thats all that can be done really....or should the engineers just magic them up somehow., is a flat ideal for a dog..?
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: Obviously they'll try and fix it as soon as possible so why is this in the news? Now, do they own these flats ? Oh, we are paying, that's right...[/p][/quote]its not news...its another complainer thinking that if they go and tell all to the Echo the lift will get fixed yesterday, they just sticking the knife in, if they have to order parts in then thats all that can be done really....or should the engineers just magic them up somehow., is a flat ideal for a dog..? DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Let Me Educate You All says...

Your lucky you dont live on the 7th floor
Your lucky you dont live on the 7th floor Let Me Educate You All
  • Score: 4

10:04pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Let Me Educate You All says...

Make 'em walk, get 'em fit...
Make 'em walk, get 'em fit... Let Me Educate You All
  • Score: 4

10:22pm Thu 24 Oct 13

Blind Haze says...

From the face of it, it looks like Basildon council is working to fix the lift. They've encountered problems but have kept people informed - this isn't uncommon with contractors.

I'm not sure what the point of this story is - is it that a lift has broken down and people have to use the stairs for a few weeks? Is it people leaving rotting food in the stairwell as they can't be bothered to go to the bins, and is that the council's fault?

Unfortunately I suspect that it's another loud voice with nothing to say, playing the martyr card and moaning that she has to walk down stairs to.... walk the dog. If it's that difficult to walk down the stairs then why is it so easy to walk the dog 5 times a day?
From the face of it, it looks like Basildon council is working to fix the lift. They've encountered problems but have kept people informed - this isn't uncommon with contractors. I'm not sure what the point of this story is - is it that a lift has broken down and people have to use the stairs for a few weeks? Is it people leaving rotting food in the stairwell as they can't be bothered to go to the bins, and is that the council's fault? Unfortunately I suspect that it's another loud voice with nothing to say, playing the martyr card and moaning that she has to walk down stairs to.... walk the dog. If it's that difficult to walk down the stairs then why is it so easy to walk the dog 5 times a day? Blind Haze
  • Score: 7

12:26pm Fri 25 Oct 13

Ian P says...

Let Me Educate You All wrote:
Your lucky you dont live on the 7th floor
Actually, if she lived on the 7th floor there would not be an issue. As the report states it is the lift serving the even numbered floors which is not working.
[quote][p][bold]Let Me Educate You All[/bold] wrote: Your lucky you dont live on the 7th floor[/p][/quote]Actually, if she lived on the 7th floor there would not be an issue. As the report states it is the lift serving the even numbered floors which is not working. Ian P
  • Score: 1

2:30pm Tue 29 Oct 13

livingbyasmallgenepool says...

Clifford Close wrote:
maybe they could move her to a groundfloor place elsewhere in the town.
Or install a block and tackle and she can lower herself out of the window.
[quote][p][bold]Clifford Close[/bold] wrote: maybe they could move her to a groundfloor place elsewhere in the town.[/p][/quote]Or install a block and tackle and she can lower herself out of the window. livingbyasmallgenepool
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Tue 29 Oct 13

livingbyasmallgenepool says...

Ian P wrote:
Let Me Educate You All wrote:
Your lucky you dont live on the 7th floor
Actually, if she lived on the 7th floor there would not be an issue. As the report states it is the lift serving the even numbered floors which is not working.
Lucky that you don't live in this dump at all!!
[quote][p][bold]Ian P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Let Me Educate You All[/bold] wrote: Your lucky you dont live on the 7th floor[/p][/quote]Actually, if she lived on the 7th floor there would not be an issue. As the report states it is the lift serving the even numbered floors which is not working.[/p][/quote]Lucky that you don't live in this dump at all!! livingbyasmallgenepool
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Wed 30 Oct 13

LeighCommuter says...

"The breakdown of the lift, which serves the even numbers in the block, has led to more people using the rubbish chutes"

She better not try that she might get stuck!
"The breakdown of the lift, which serves the even numbers in the block, has led to more people using the rubbish chutes" She better not try that she might get stuck! LeighCommuter
  • Score: 0

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