Elderly Newport man forced out of home again

First published in News

AN ELDERLY gentleman has been left in “limbo” after being told he is to move from his flat for the second time in two years.

Two years ago, Brian Lane was moved out of his 1-bedroom flat of 13 years in Woodside in Duffryn, as it was to be converted into a 2-bedroom flat with the adjoining bedsit.

The 78-year-old, who lives alone, was moved to another 2-bedroom flat in Woodside. But now, he has been told he is to move again as the converted flat he is currently needs maintenance work.

Newport City Homes (NCH) said the work on the eight flats in the Woodside sheltered housing Scheme is “preventative maintenance”.

A spokeswoman said: “Results of resident satisfaction surveys at the scheme made us aware of minor cracking to walls in residents’ homes. This led to inspections and advice being sought.”

Mr Lane said: “When they converted them in 2-beds, they didn’t put any steel girders in them.”

The housing association have said it would be too disruptive for residents to remain in their flats while the work is carried out.

Mr Lane has been told he will be given three weeks notice of when he is to leave. He is dreading moving his belongings again.

He said: “The last move was the worst. It was terrible. I’m just in limbo now.”

NCH said: “We appreciate Mr Lane’s frustration, but the opportunity to decant was proposed to minimise any disruption.

“A NCH Resident Liaison Officer has been helping residents and advising them of the support they can expect from us during this process such as the removal and storage of personal items, TV licence and phone connectivity.”

The spokeswoman added: “We have given our assurance to Mr Lane, that the works being done are preventative in nature .”

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10:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

Preventive maintenance that requires people to move out? This sounds like major structural issues
Preventive maintenance that requires people to move out? This sounds like major structural issues Bobevans
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12:45am Sat 22 Mar 14

eezageeza says...

Newport City Homes ...they act like the Stasi you know I'm not joking or being flippant it's the way they are
Newport City Homes ...they act like the Stasi you know I'm not joking or being flippant it's the way they are eezageeza
  • Score: 6

1:02am Sat 22 Mar 14

Cantankerous says...

eezageeza wrote:
Newport City Homes ...they act like the Stasi you know I'm not joking or being flippant it's the way they are
Garbage!
[quote][p][bold]eezageeza[/bold] wrote: Newport City Homes ...they act like the Stasi you know I'm not joking or being flippant it's the way they are[/p][/quote]Garbage! Cantankerous
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7:33am Sat 22 Mar 14

Robodad says...

Mr Lane said “When they converted them in 2-beds, they didn’t put any steel girders in them.”

What is that supposed to mean? If you put a stud partition wall up to make one room into two you don't need "steel girders" (I assume he means lintels) so I wonder how accurate the rest of his understanding of the situation is.
Mr Lane said “When they converted them in 2-beds, they didn’t put any steel girders in them.” What is that supposed to mean? If you put a stud partition wall up to make one room into two you don't need "steel girders" (I assume he means lintels) so I wonder how accurate the rest of his understanding of the situation is. Robodad
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10:49am Sat 22 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

Robodad wrote:
Mr Lane said “When they converted them in 2-beds, they didn’t put any steel girders in them.”

What is that supposed to mean? If you put a stud partition wall up to make one room into two you don't need "steel girders" (I assume he means lintels) so I wonder how accurate the rest of his understanding of the situation is.
From what he wrote they knocked two flats into one. That wall they removed could be load bearing.
[quote][p][bold]Robodad[/bold] wrote: Mr Lane said “When they converted them in 2-beds, they didn’t put any steel girders in them.” What is that supposed to mean? If you put a stud partition wall up to make one room into two you don't need "steel girders" (I assume he means lintels) so I wonder how accurate the rest of his understanding of the situation is.[/p][/quote]From what he wrote they knocked two flats into one. That wall they removed could be load bearing. Bobevans
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6:26pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Paul F. McCourt says...

I'm not a builder or know anything about the structure of buildings, but, from what I've read here, it sounds like an episode of "Cowboy Builders" to me. I really feel for the poor old bugger. Why can't someone just GIVE him a decent place to stay and smash down that cracked and damaged hovel? That's what the place sounds like.
All he wants is somewhere SAFE and Warm and Comfortable to live, like anyone does, and at his age, he deserves it.
Good Luck old fella! I Wish you well.
I'm not a builder or know anything about the structure of buildings, but, from what I've read here, it sounds like an episode of "Cowboy Builders" to me. I really feel for the poor old bugger. Why can't someone just GIVE him a decent place to stay and smash down that cracked and damaged hovel? That's what the place sounds like. All he wants is somewhere SAFE and Warm and Comfortable to live, like anyone does, and at his age, he deserves it. Good Luck old fella! I Wish you well. Paul F. McCourt
  • Score: 0

8:53pm Mon 24 Mar 14

brynglas says...

Paul F. McCourt wrote:
I'm not a builder or know anything about the structure of buildings, but, from what I've read here, it sounds like an episode of "Cowboy Builders" to me. I really feel for the poor old bugger. Why can't someone just GIVE him a decent place to stay and smash down that cracked and damaged hovel? That's what the place sounds like.
All he wants is somewhere SAFE and Warm and Comfortable to live, like anyone does, and at his age, he deserves it.
Good Luck old fella! I Wish you well.
"poor old bugger", "at his age", "old fella". Notwithstanding Mr Lane's age and your ageist remarks, if the building he is in requires major works then what alternative is there? He's been given another flat in Woodside. Buildings require maintenance, get over it.
[quote][p][bold]Paul F. McCourt[/bold] wrote: I'm not a builder or know anything about the structure of buildings, but, from what I've read here, it sounds like an episode of "Cowboy Builders" to me. I really feel for the poor old bugger. Why can't someone just GIVE him a decent place to stay and smash down that cracked and damaged hovel? That's what the place sounds like. All he wants is somewhere SAFE and Warm and Comfortable to live, like anyone does, and at his age, he deserves it. Good Luck old fella! I Wish you well.[/p][/quote]"poor old bugger", "at his age", "old fella". Notwithstanding Mr Lane's age and your ageist remarks, if the building he is in requires major works then what alternative is there? He's been given another flat in Woodside. Buildings require maintenance, get over it. brynglas
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9:52pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Paul F. McCourt says...

Hi Folks,
Sorry, but I forgot to mention that I am writing from New Zealand, and, Brynglas, sorry if to you, I sound "ageist" when I was talking about the elderly gent. Down Under this is a repsectful term of endearment and informal show of respect to our old ****. I too, am an old **** and founding Member of SOFA. Silly Old **** Association, even though I am only 61.
That aside, I AGREE with you. IF his surrent residence is shot to bits and indeed in much need of major works, and he has been offered a BETTER place, that's good to hear.
Yes, buildings DO need maintenence, and some of it can be major, which sounds like the condition of Mr. Lane's place.
I never intended to create any upset. I was just offering SUPPORT, but, you people in the UK and Wales are very different to us, and don't share our sense of Humour and the way we treat each other. NOT that I was making any jokes about Mr. Lane's damaged home. With NO disrespect, I did refer to him as a "poor old bugger" and he IS! He's 78, and he IS an old fella!
As Monty Python said, "I never expected the Spanish Inquisituion!"
Mr. Lane, IF you're reading this, I am very sure you understand. Keep well and take good care. I hope you're comfortable and have no further problems in the future.
Kia Kaha! Kia Ora!
The Kiwi fulla who write in occasionally.
Hi Folks, Sorry, but I forgot to mention that I am writing from New Zealand, and, Brynglas, sorry if to you, I sound "ageist" when I was talking about the elderly gent. Down Under this is a repsectful term of endearment and informal show of respect to our old ****. I too, am an old **** and founding Member of SOFA. Silly Old **** Association, even though I am only 61. That aside, I AGREE with you. IF his surrent residence is shot to bits and indeed in much need of major works, and he has been offered a BETTER place, that's good to hear. Yes, buildings DO need maintenence, and some of it can be major, which sounds like the condition of Mr. Lane's place. I never intended to create any upset. I was just offering SUPPORT, but, you people in the UK and Wales are very different to us, and don't share our sense of Humour and the way we treat each other. NOT that I was making any jokes about Mr. Lane's damaged home. With NO disrespect, I did refer to him as a "poor old bugger" and he IS! He's 78, and he IS an old fella! As Monty Python said, "I never expected the Spanish Inquisituion!" Mr. Lane, IF you're reading this, I am very sure you understand. Keep well and take good care. I hope you're comfortable and have no further problems in the future. Kia Kaha! Kia Ora! The Kiwi fulla who write in occasionally. Paul F. McCourt
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

brynglas says...

@Paul F. McCourt If I had known you were an antipodean I would have made some allowances! No worries, I felt no upset at all - I'm 50, so on the cusp of being a SOF myself.

By the way, "NO-body expects the Spanish Inquisition!"
@Paul F. McCourt If I had known you were an antipodean I would have made some allowances! No worries, I felt no upset at all - I'm 50, so on the cusp of being a SOF myself. By the way, "NO-body expects the Spanish Inquisition!" brynglas
  • Score: 0

6:16pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Paul F. McCourt says...

Thank you Brynglas for your understanding response. I see you've got a bit of down Under in you, too! "No Worries!" There again, maybe we ALL say it in the Commonwealth.
So, you're 50. Good on ya! Welcome to the Club. And thank you for supporting Mr. Lane's plight. I maybe living in New Zealand, but, even I can feel for the old bloke. Some of our elderly, especially down in Christchurch, who's homes are in the Red Zone (Condemned), have lost everything since the big Quake a few years ago, and their problems are on going. Those evil "insurance" companies are an absolute RIP OFF. They're making every excuse to avoid paying out all the claims that have come in since. They don't have the money because they've SPENT IT!
Mr. / Miss / Mrs. Editor, Sorry I said "Horse 'n' Cart", as in "Silly Old 'Horse 'n' Cart'' !" I never realised how sensitive you were to a rather inoffensive term. Well, it isn't offensive here. But, that's where we differ. So, sorry again! I shall respect your paper and keep it appropriately polite.
I hope Mr. Lane is okay since we first heard about his situation and offered him support in this column. It would be nice to hear that the Community has come to his aid and are offering him plenty of support, too. WE must look after our Elders. After all, THEY set the World up for us, and we are taking over. They deserve to have a rest and take it easy and to be taken care of. They did their bit for us. I'm also ahead of you here, too. Yes, some of them may have stuffed things up for us, too, but, its up to us to learn from their mistakes and make sure we don't do the same or worse.
Thank You for your time.
Thank you Brynglas for your understanding response. I see you've got a bit of down Under in you, too! "No Worries!" There again, maybe we ALL say it in the Commonwealth. So, you're 50. Good on ya! Welcome to the Club. And thank you for supporting Mr. Lane's plight. I maybe living in New Zealand, but, even I can feel for the old bloke. Some of our elderly, especially down in Christchurch, who's homes are in the Red Zone (Condemned), have lost everything since the big Quake a few years ago, and their problems are on going. Those evil "insurance" companies are an absolute RIP OFF. They're making every excuse to avoid paying out all the claims that have come in since. They don't have the money because they've SPENT IT! Mr. / Miss / Mrs. Editor, Sorry I said "Horse 'n' Cart", as in "Silly Old 'Horse 'n' Cart'' !" I never realised how sensitive you were to a rather inoffensive term. Well, it isn't offensive here. But, that's where we differ. So, sorry again! I shall respect your paper and keep it appropriately polite. I hope Mr. Lane is okay since we first heard about his situation and offered him support in this column. It would be nice to hear that the Community has come to his aid and are offering him plenty of support, too. WE must look after our Elders. After all, THEY set the World up for us, and we are taking over. They deserve to have a rest and take it easy and to be taken care of. They did their bit for us. I'm also ahead of you here, too. Yes, some of them may have stuffed things up for us, too, but, its up to us to learn from their mistakes and make sure we don't do the same or worse. Thank You for your time. Paul F. McCourt
  • Score: 1

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