Council tenants 'should not pay'
My home is a council property and it has not been painted outside since it was built well over 10 years ago.
I know we, as tenants, have to look after our homes, which I have done extremely well over the years and I am very proud of my home and garden.
I must have saved the council loads of money over the years by doing most repairs myself.
But on this one occasion I asked would they paint the outside for me as it was looking a bit distressed.
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They refused so I had to buy the paint and do it myself.
Maybe that is not part of what the council is supposed to do, but anyway I did it myself.
Then I told them there is a bad infestation of mice in the gardens and homes around where I live, but this also fell on deaf ears.
They have invaded my home and homes nearby.
We were told by the council it could help if we paid £55.
We cannot afford to pay this and we have done nothing to bring them to the area as our home is clean and tidy inside and out.
I am sure in the old days the council helped keep its properties in good repair and helped in keeping rodents away – and did not charge tenants.
So now I have just made the outside of my home respectable and now I have to sort out the rodent problem inside and outside of my property.
Hopefully, the other tenants will do the same to stop the spread.
I would just like to thank the council for its help.
Gary Bannister, Leicester.
Having just walked up to my garage in Beaumont Leys Lane, Leicester, I was disgusted with how many cars were parked along the road waiting to pick children up from school.
I am sure this is not the only school that has this problem.
Not so long ago, there was a big campaign to stop this occurring.
The traffic was horrendous. Where are the traffic wardens?
I am sure there are a lot of people who feel the same way.
When is anything going to get done about this?
Janice Austin, Leicester.
I enclose a picture of a weed that is growing between my paving slabs in the back garden. It is very prolific and spreads rapidly. Could readers please identify it for me and suggest a weed killer that will destroy it?
This is the first year that I have had this problem. I have already tried Weedol and Lawn Weed Killer without success.
Please e-mail any suggestions to:
Many thanks in advance for your help.
G Taylor, Oadby.
Regarding the letter from Sue Hall (Mailbox, September 13) about not being informed of bus service changes.
I had a similar gripe with Leicester City Council about the changes to the 54 Goodwood service a couple of months ago during roadworks.
No one informed residents that the service would not continue to the terminus in Gamel Road.
I waited and waited until someone told me that during the roadworks, the 54 terminated at Ambassador Road instead. All it required was a notice at the three bus stops involved as you cannot see the main road from these stops.
I informed the First Bus at the nearest office but was told that it was the council's job to put up a notice. Leicester City Council working for you – not!
Gail O'Downie, Leicester.