When is our flooding hell going to be fixed?

What a state! Lawrence Waller, from Heley Bargains, with Jackie Bond and Nancie Dorney, from XS Stock. Inset: The sewage-swamped toilets in launderette Laindon Cleaners which has led some businesses threatening a services charges boycott

What a state! Lawrence Waller, from Heley Bargains, with Jackie Bond and Nancie Dorney, from XS Stock. Inset: The sewage-swamped toilets in launderette Laindon Cleaners which has led some businesses threatening a services charges boycott

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ANGRY traders are threatening to stop paying thousands of pounds in service charges after being flooded with sewage and dirty water for a month.

Owners of Pints’n’Litres and Laindon Cleaners in the dilapidated Laindon Centre are kicking up a stink over overflowing drains, which have left some traders without a toilet since December.

They have been told pipes running under their shops have completely crumbled and need replacing.

Talks about demolishing and replacing the 1960s centre have been ongoing for 18 years.

Roy Hudson, owner of Pints’n’ Litres, uses two cans of air freshener every day to try to mask the stench.

He said: “It’s sickening. This should have been done well before Christmas.

It will cost them a fortune to sort it out.

“All the shops along here should stop paying their service charges. It works out at £3,000 or £4,000 a year, but we don’t get anything for it.”

Shax Ahmed, owner of launderette Laindon Cleaners, has spent hundreds of pounds rewashing clothes and refunding customers after dirty water found its way into his washing machines. He said: “It’s difficult to run my business. We have called the landlords so many times, but no one has done anything.

“When it rains the drains fill up quickly, so it gets even worse. It is about an inch or two deep.

“Last year I refused to pay my service charges because my roof was leaking.

Now when I get my bill this time I will be speaking to them again to sort this out.”

Administrators BDO have been running the shopping centre off High Road, Laindon, since May last year.

A spokesman said: “Recent extreme weather, including heavy rain, gale-force winds and flooding have caused issues with drainage over the past few weeks. Maintenance checks have been doubled in the wake of the storms and action has been taken quickly to deal with any issues.

“No prior reports of sewage problems have been received, but we are investigating and taking appropriate action.”

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8:49am Thu 9 Jan 14

bazza 1 says...

Laindon Shopping Centre, by it's very name is a misnomer. It's no good for shopping, and it's not a Centre. It is a complete pile of c***, and should be pulled down. I would call it a blot on the landscape, but that would be unfair to " Blots". I would not blame anyone for stopping paying service charges for their premises. The paved area outside the Co op is like a lake every time it rains, and the boarding all round the area makes it look like Beirut on a bad day. Basildon Council should step in. Their must be legislation they can use to force the owners to do something, even it is only under a public health order.
Laindon Shopping Centre, by it's very name is a misnomer. It's no good for shopping, and it's not a Centre. It is a complete pile of c***, and should be pulled down. I would call it a blot on the landscape, but that would be unfair to " Blots". I would not blame anyone for stopping paying service charges for their premises. The paved area outside the Co op is like a lake every time it rains, and the boarding all round the area makes it look like Beirut on a bad day. Basildon Council should step in. Their must be legislation they can use to force the owners to do something, even it is only under a public health order. bazza 1
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10:25am Thu 9 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Lawrence Waller to Shyte Waller, it will end, once it stops raining, stop paying and you'll be kicked out, your stock will be taken in lieu of payment, got any loo rolls..
Lawrence Waller to Shyte Waller, it will end, once it stops raining, stop paying and you'll be kicked out, your stock will be taken in lieu of payment, got any loo rolls.. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -1

11:29am Thu 9 Jan 14

LastLaugh2 says...

See we dont have that sort of troble, ours goes in the next field
See we dont have that sort of troble, ours goes in the next field LastLaugh2
  • Score: -1

3:00pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Stamper2 says...

I cannot understand why any of the shops are paying their service charges. It is more than clear that the 'Centre's owners are not keeping up their side of the bargain.

When is this eyesore going to be pulled down?
I cannot understand why any of the shops are paying their service charges. It is more than clear that the 'Centre's owners are not keeping up their side of the bargain. When is this eyesore going to be pulled down? Stamper2
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