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Inside the ‘diabolical’ Bristol sheltered housing unit where residents have had enough

Residents say they will withhold their rent unless improvements are made. Credit: Bristol Live

The shocking state of a block of sheltered housing flats in Bristol has led residents to consider withholding their rent.

Pensioners living in Walwyn Gardens in Hartcliffe have revealed a catalogue of problems with their block, from holes in the ceiling, rotting doors, mouldy window frames, exposed electrics and threadbare carpet tiles.

While many of the residents said they are experiencing issues in their own individual homes, it is in the communal areas of the sheltered housing block that the problems are most obvious.

A crack in one of the walls. Credit: Bristol Live

In the main entrance, a huge crack scars a wall. In the community room, the carpet doesn’t completely cover the floor, revealing dirty and rotten wooden boards underneath.

In the toilet and kitchen area wires are exposed and not boxed in while the corners of the windows are bug-ridden and paint-peeled.

I just don’t think it’s safe at all. I won’t go in there really. When it rains, the water pours through, and there’s electrics in that ceiling, there’s wires - it’s dangerous. The carpet is threadbare, falling to pieces. You've got a lot of people living in here who don't walk so well and it's just a shocking trip hazard, for starters.

– Glenis Chard

Walwyn Gardens is located in Hartcliffe, an area of south Bristol that was recently named as statistically one of the most deprived places in the UK.

Corners of the windows are bug-ridden and paint-peeled. Credit: Bristol Live

It’s not right that we should be paying our full rent to live in this building, when we can’t use the facilities - if it carries on any longer, we’ll all start thinking about withholding some of our rent, seeing as though where we live is in this state. This is diabolical.

– Glenis

ITV News West Country has contacted Bristol City Council for a statement.