Another Day Brings Another Scandal
For months now I have been campaigning locally in Brighton and Hove to push for standards in our cities Emergency and Temporary Housing to be improved and just last week I was given another anonymous tip off.
Contaminated Water Supply in Emergency Housing Premises
The images you are seeing below are proof that the water supply at Percival Terrace could be contaminated, I first moved in in January 2016 and after just a few days I had Diarrhoea I was drinking the water supplied from the tanks in the roof.
As previously reported there have been issues with getting hot water here at Percival Terrace, which has been a little better recently, now I use the water feed to brush my teeth and not long after I moved here, I started getting pains in my teeth.
I went to the dentist who informed me I had a bacterial infection, they gave me a strong course of antibiotics to try and stop the infection spreading, unfortunately the damage had been done, which resulted in me losing a front tooth on the 28th April 2016.
What Do I know?
I know that in 2013 Percival Terrace was refurbished, because they effectively made each room self contained this meant that the building no longer needed a HMO (Homes Of Multiple Occupancy) Licence, so this was the last time they were checked for one.
I have been informed that the water tank images above had been like this since 2013, so basically these fuckers have been messing with our health by cutting corners, I was also informed that the owners three weeks ago ordered staff to get this quickly cleaned and covered up.
What Have I done about this?
On the 27th May at 12:50pm I phoned Brighton and Hove City Councils HMO Department and asked some questions:
DH. What do the council do with regard to safety checks, what are your minimum standards?
Council. What do you mean about safety checks?
DH. Part of the HMO Licence process, you have a legal duty to conduct safety checks, for things like Electrics, water supply…
Council. We expect to see certifications to know that these have been done, we need to see a five years electrics certificate, yearly gas certificate, EPC, Fire Precaution Certificates,
DH. What about for water?
Council. Errrm I don’t think there is anything for water in it. There is a standards document you can have a look at (click here to read).
The Council Employee was quite helpful when I was asking general questions until I tried to report an actual concern, I have put this recording on this website so you know what it is that I am up against at the council.
The staff are often rude and really don’t seem bothered with peoples health and wellbeing.
Emergency and Temporary Housing Residents Action Group.
We need to hold the council and landlords to account which is why I have set up a residents action group, our first meeting will take place on the 8th June at 7pm, The meeting is for residents in Emergency and Temporary Housing Only and will take place at the Friends Meeting House.
If you are a resident and want to have your voice heard, please RSVP on the Facebook group and event so I know who will be coming on the night.
A New Creative Project To Raise Awareness Locally and Nationally.
I am looking for a talented Camera operator who can spare a day in the next few weeks to do some filming with me, I want to interview high profile people and residents in these unsuitable accommodations to help promote the human story and expose the wrongdoings happening today in Accommodation which has been taken out of local authority hands and given to profit making landlords and limited companies.
If you or anyone you know wants to be involved please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your details. I need someone who is able to also do video editing.
Are you a resident in Brighton and Hove who is fed up?
I am looking for people to be brave and come forward, I need picture evidence, stories, maybe you have worked in one of these places before? Be brave and speak out so that others can move forward with their lives.
I recently met Yannis Varoufakis here is what he had to say:
Come back soon for more on this in my two part special story.