A NAN is “living in hell” next door to a hostel, with condoms and beer bottles thrown over the fence into her back garden.

Annie King, 59, who is a neighbour to the hostel for recovering addicts and the homeless, said it’s often like a “riot” inside the building on Southchurch Road.

Mrs King and her 15-month-old granddaughter, who she looks after twice a week, have both been verbally abused.

The hostel has been forced to install security measures on the roof to stop a man climbing on top of it.


Mrs King said: “I’m sick to death of it. It’s a living hell.

“It’s mostly fine during the day, but they’re constantly drunk in the evenings. When the security staff go home at 3am, it descends into chaos. It’s awful until the staff arrive again at 9am. It’s disgusting, I have to clear the horrible mess up all the time.”

Security staff outside the hostel have been accused of “failing to do their job properly” by a council boss.

Matt Dent, Labour councillor of the Kursaal ward, is working to fix the problem.

He said: “It’s been going on for too long now. It’s been a really frustrating process. It is being fixed, and officers are working with those who manage it.”

The hostel, managed by South Essex homes and Peabody, is labelled as a “temporary accommodation service.”

Mrs King added: “They shout abuse over the fence at both of us when we’re in the garden.

“The homeless people who sleep out the front shout abuse at us.”

A spokesman from South Essex Homes said: “Staff from South Essex Homes and Peabody try to resolve and manage issues that are raised by those living in neighbouring properties.

“There have been a couple of incidents recently which relate to the behaviour of one particular tenant at one of the hostels and multiple agencies are currently working together to try and support the tenant to address their behaviour and to reduce the impact on neighbours.

“While we are not able to discuss the circumstances of individual hostel residents with neighbours, we would like to assure them that we take reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and details of incidents are recorded.”