'It's like living in Iraq' says Gloucester City Homes tenant
MAGGOTS in the kitchen sink are the last straw for a tenant who is demanding her home is made habitable.
Disgusted mum-of-four Zoe Halls said she wants to move out and claims the area where she is living is like ‘Iraq’.
She said the maggots were coming out of the cold tap, a claim dismissed by Severn Trent Water.
But Zoe, 37, said: “They tested the water and took the maggots away. They were still alive in the water inside plastic bags, six hours later.”
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She is at loggerheads with landlord Gloucester City Homes over the state of the house in Beaufort Road, in Robinswood, which the family moved in to at the end of July.
Zoe is desperate to move out and said her partner Ashley Adams was shot in the ear nearby with an air rifle, and her daughter Lleneah was frightened by a fire cracker thrown in the road.
“The maggots are coming through the taps,” she said. “I can’t live like this and the maggots are the last straw.”
She is unhappy at Gloucester City Homes’ response to problems at the house including a leaking roof, rubbish and glass in the garden, a damp bathroom and a smoke-damaged kitchen too.
“I just want to move,” said Zoe, who has five-month-old son Martin with Ashley, and daughters Billie, three, Lleneah, five, and Kaila, eight.
“We were happy in our old house but the landlord had to sell. With what’s happened to us, it’s like living in Iraq.”
A Gloucester City Homes spokeswoman said it had worked with Severn Trent to identify the source of the maggots and worked closely with Zoe on the problems she raised.
She said their head of property services was looking at the condition of the house yesterday.
A Severn Trent spokesman said: “We have checked our supply system and can confirm this issue is not associated with the drinking water supply. In our customers’ home, biological tests have been carried out on the maggots which indicate that they have not come from our water supply.
“They are a species that lives on the land and they are not able to survive under water for anything more than a short time.
“They can appear in sinks where pet food bowls are washed up because eggs are laid in meaty food by flies. We have also conducted an inspection of the water fixtures and fittings within their home and we have not found a route for the maggots to enter.
“We recognise this is unpleasant and we’re doing everything we can to prevent any further distress.”
She added they had notified Public Health so they were aware of the issues at their home.
Police are investigating both incidents involving Ashley and Lleneah.
Beaufort Road resident of 24 years, Sandra Gladwin, was surprised at the incidents.
“We have not had much trouble,” she said. “You might get someone being a bit rowdy from time to time but that’s about it.”