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Residents of New Brook House in Preston protesting for safer residing circumstances (Image: Lancs Live/Jude Tolson)

Veteran Anthony Howarth, 80, was rushed to hospital after his watch, cellphone, pockets and financial institution card had been stolen and neighbours say nothing is being carried out to assist them.

So for the previous 11 days, John Fraser, 60, and his fellow residents have arrange a gazebo to protest. Despite the cruel climate circumstances, they every take turns to sit down with blankets, sizzling water bottles and gloves, peacefully protesting and telling their story to anybody who approaches them.

The livid pensioners say they’re “fed up” of not feeling secure in their personal properties.

Speaking to LancsLive, John revealed his personal fears and considerations for his neighbours who he cares and appears out for.

New Brook House presents self-contained residences obtainable to let for over 55s.

The housing scheme is designed to offer assisted residing lodging for retired women and men and is run by Your Housing Group who John says, aren’t “keeping up to the their responsibilities” to assist these residents really feel secure once more.

“We’ve been told it takes time to get undesirables out of the building. There’s been no crime since the incident but on Monday, our manager resigned,” John mentioned. “There’s vulnerable people that live here – there’s a surveyor here in the building at the moment, walking around but nobody’s here to check his ID. I checked his ID but I shouldn’t have to, there should be somebody here doing it, somebody from Your Housing Group should face up to the responsibilities.

“We’re not having a go at Your Housing, they’re simply not preserving as much as their obligations that they need to be doing. I bought a cellphone name final Thursday from the realm supervisor to inform me it takes time, there’s not quite a bit he can do and he’ll name me as soon as a month for the progress. In the meantime we’re simply meant to dwell in concern.”

Signatures from people who have walked past

Signatures from people who have walked past the protest (Image: Lancs Live/Jude Tolson)

John says they feel they have to resort to doing this because they “simply wish to really feel secure”.

“I’d somewhat all these folks felt secure, I’d somewhat these undesirables be eliminated and really feel secure in my very own home and these different folks really feel secure. We’re pulling collectively, it isn’t simply me doing this, you possibly can see them sat there, pulling collectively as group. One girl, she’s sat on the market, yesterday she fell ailing and I informed her to not come out however she’s again out in the present day in order that simply exhibits how she feels.

“We just want to feel safe but we’re told if we don’t like it, they can find us another place to live – but we don’t to move. If we didn’t want to be here we would have just packed our bags and moved on, we want to live here. The people that we put our trust in are not responding, I think they’re neglecting their duties to us, they’re just happy with the rent and the building, they’re not bothered about the people in it, that’s the way it seems.

“There needs to be any individual right here, not simply 3 times every week and saying sorry we will not ship a supervisor in the present day so there’s no person. It’s not minor.”

Speaking to LancsLive earlier in May, other residents told of the problems they faced in the home. Gary, who has lived in his flat for five years, said: “I’m not having this anymore, the stealing of issues was actually unhealthy however now that it is affecting an precise individual’s wellbeing, it isn’t going any additional than this, we will cease it. If it means we will withhold our lease – one thing’s going to occur, we’re not having it anymore.

The protest outside the home

Protest board residents outdoors New Brook House on New Hall Lane (Image: Lancs Live/Jude Tolson)

“We’re being violated by drug takers, drug dealers. It’s nearly all drug related, all the thefts, everything is to do with money and drugs. People do come into the building smoking crack.”

Outside, on the moist patch of grass, sheltering from the rain beneath a small gazebo sits Karen Johnston, Kerry Jasper and Anne. The three of them who’ve collectively lived within the dwelling for greater than a decade say they’re fed up of residing in concern of the anti social behaviour that goes on.

Karen mentioned: “We’re protesting, it’s still not got anything done but at the end of the day we’re supporting Anthony. We complained before, we always said it’s going to take something like this to happen for you to do anything and they’ve still not done anything.

“When we complain the very first thing they are saying to us is ‘would you want a transfer?’ Well no we do not wish to transfer, we wish to keep right here the place are neighbours are. It’s flawed that we should always have to do that, we needs to be sat inside with sizzling water bottles, not right here.

“We’ve had no manager for four days now so even if we wanted to complain there’s no one to complain to anyway.” Kerry added: “At one point you could come out here at 10 o’clock in the night to put your rubbish out and you’d feel safe, now you don’t. I moved from my two bed apartment to here and it’s my home, but I don’t feel safe now.

“We’re out right here protesting as a result of we wish some solutions, we wish to know what they’ll do in regards to the issues. I’m very offended, if my advantages did not pay direct right here, I might cease my lease. It’s simply flawed and we’re not handled correctly in any respect, there is not any respect for us in any respect.

“All we get is ‘have you rung the police’, ‘have you kept a diary’, ‘have you got a date and time about that’, we can’t keep doing that all the time, it’s just infuriating.”

John asks that anybody strolling by the protesters present their assist by offering blankets and provisions to assist preserve the residents going.

Jacque Allen, deputy chief government of Your Housing Group: “Your Housing Group can confirm that we have received a complaint from a resident and have discussed his concerns. We are investigating his allegations thoroughly and will be keeping our resident, the council and the appropriate authorities updated regarding our findings and actions.”

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