Crumbling home concerns resident

Leslie resident Michael Kelly puts his hand in the gap in the wall at his home caused, he says, by movement in the ground

Leslie resident Michael Kelly puts his hand in the gap in the wall at his home caused, he says, by movement in the ground

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A LESLIE man is concerned about the safety of his home after gaps appeared in his walls, reports KEVIN QUINN.

Council teneant Michael Kelly has believed for years that his home suffers from subsidence and recent developments have strengthened his belief, despite local authority officials giving other reasons for the on-going problems at his Greenside flat.

Michael Kelly revealed how the latest issue with his house arose, early last week.

He said: “I heard a noise a couple of days ago when it was really windy, things falling in the attic. I went up and there was bricks and mortar lying everywhere.

“Then I noticed the holes and the gap in the roof. Part of the wall has fallen away.

“The lady down the stair heard the crash as well.

“I think it is being caused by movement in the ground. It has been happening for years. The wind would not blow stones like that away.”

Mr Kelly listed the problems his property has had in the past: “There has been cracks in the wall, the gutters are burst. Drains are always needing fixed because of the movement.

“The council have said it’s an urgent repair and it needs fixed. They came out right away.

“They can fix this bit, but it will just happen at some other part of the house.“I have a good mind to go outside in the tent. I don’t feel safe inside my house.

“It’s worrying with a gap like that in the house. When the council repair it, it’s just a makeover really.

“Over the years the council have gave me all kinds of explanations for the damage. Carbon Monoxide gases, traffic vibration and even volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago!

“I want to get the house properly checked over.”

Keith Brown, Team Leader, Maintenance & Improvement said: “It was agreed to carry out work from the inside to repoint the wall head immediately. However, the next day, Mr Kelly prevented any works to be done. He said he didn’t want the work carried out at this time.

“A subsequent visit has been arranged for Tuesday this week and hopefully works can proceed this time.”