Grandmother's dispute with Bolton at Home after winds damage fence

Julie Grundy and Minnie by the fence

Julie Grundy and Minnie by the fence

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

A DISABLED grandmother hit out at housing officials after she claimed they refused to fix her fence after high winds blew it down.

Julie Grundy said she was worried about being a target for burglars and that her pet Shih Tzu dog would escape from her home at Craven Place, in Johnson Fold.

After the fencing was flattened during December’s bad weather, the 49-year-old called the Bolton At Home’s repairs team as she said her tenancy agreement — dated November, 2012 — said fixing it was the organisation’s responsibility.

However, she said she was told that she would have to repair it herself, and claimed the terms of her tenancy had been changed.

Ms Grundy, who suffers from emphysema, and fibromyalgia, a condition that causes extreme tiredness, said: “I wouldn’t have taken the flat if I thought I was responsible for the fencing, “I’m registered disabled, my mobility is poor and I can’t go anywhere unless someone comes with me. There’s no way I can secure the fence.

“My dog, Minnie, has gone missing twice while the fence was down. One time she was gone for almost two hours. I was out of my mind with worry, scared to death of the dog warden picking her up.”

A spokesman for Bolton At Home said nothing in her tenancy agreement had been changed, and that the fence would be made safe.

He added: “We are currently completing a fencing programme in the Johnson Fold area. We will temporarily fix the fence on Monday and it will be completed in the next few months.”

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12:48pm Mon 6 Jan 14

William2701 says...

So Bolton At Home, why was the tenant told otherwise?
So Bolton At Home, why was the tenant told otherwise? William2701
  • Score: -4

1:26pm Mon 6 Jan 14

one_love says...

William2701 wrote:
So Bolton At Home, why was the tenant told otherwise?
bet she made it up to make a better story for BN, bet she was told someone would come and fix it but she'll have to wait a few days so she made it up and went to the papers and they bit !
[quote][p][bold]William2701[/bold] wrote: So Bolton At Home, why was the tenant told otherwise?[/p][/quote]bet she made it up to make a better story for BN, bet she was told someone would come and fix it but she'll have to wait a few days so she made it up and went to the papers and they bit ! one_love
  • Score: 4

1:36pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Muppet80 says...

Bolton at Home refuse fence jobs all the time. They removed dangerous trees from a relatives garden (even though she didn't report the job) and have left 4 gardens exposed and backing onto each other in a not very nice neighbourhood without fencing because "it's not our job" Makes life for the burglars a lot easier, they now have a direct escape route where police cars can't follow
Bolton at Home refuse fence jobs all the time. They removed dangerous trees from a relatives garden (even though she didn't report the job) and have left 4 gardens exposed and backing onto each other in a not very nice neighbourhood without fencing because "it's not our job" Makes life for the burglars a lot easier, they now have a direct escape route where police cars can't follow Muppet80
  • Score: 4

1:46pm Mon 6 Jan 14

MarkAllRead says...

Just shows you what the community spirit is like in Johnson Fold. Can't some of those lads that hang around the shops go round and sort it out for her?
Just shows you what the community spirit is like in Johnson Fold. Can't some of those lads that hang around the shops go round and sort it out for her? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 15

2:00pm Mon 6 Jan 14

AndrewMartinS says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
Just shows you what the community spirit is like in Johnson Fold. Can't some of those lads that hang around the shops go round and sort it out for her?
You obviously have no idea about Johnson Fold. Johnson Fold has lots of community-minded people of all ages who put on fantastic events like the Christmas lights switch on and the Scarecrow competition. Get your facts straight before making offensive comments.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: Just shows you what the community spirit is like in Johnson Fold. Can't some of those lads that hang around the shops go round and sort it out for her?[/p][/quote]You obviously have no idea about Johnson Fold. Johnson Fold has lots of community-minded people of all ages who put on fantastic events like the Christmas lights switch on and the Scarecrow competition. Get your facts straight before making offensive comments. AndrewMartinS
  • Score: 3

2:02pm Mon 6 Jan 14

underwater says...

Seems to me the tenants have nothing to grumble about, the new fences around the gardens on that estate must be costing a fortune, and its not as if the tenants even bother to maintain the gardens that the fences enclose, most of them are a disgrace. . If the lady in this story is so poorly how does she manage to walk the dog she is so concerned about, or does she just do as most of the other tenants do and let it foul the so called garden.
Seems to me the tenants have nothing to grumble about, the new fences around the gardens on that estate must be costing a fortune, and its not as if the tenants even bother to maintain the gardens that the fences enclose, most of them are a disgrace. . If the lady in this story is so poorly how does she manage to walk the dog she is so concerned about, or does she just do as most of the other tenants do and let it foul the so called garden. underwater
  • Score: 11

3:07pm Mon 6 Jan 14

MarkAllRead says...

AndrewMartinS wrote:
MarkAllRead wrote:
Just shows you what the community spirit is like in Johnson Fold. Can't some of those lads that hang around the shops go round and sort it out for her?
You obviously have no idea about Johnson Fold. Johnson Fold has lots of community-minded people of all ages who put on fantastic events like the Christmas lights switch on and the Scarecrow competition. Get your facts straight before making offensive comments.
Why don't you put your handbag down and go around to this woman's house then, if you're a local?
[quote][p][bold]AndrewMartinS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: Just shows you what the community spirit is like in Johnson Fold. Can't some of those lads that hang around the shops go round and sort it out for her?[/p][/quote]You obviously have no idea about Johnson Fold. Johnson Fold has lots of community-minded people of all ages who put on fantastic events like the Christmas lights switch on and the Scarecrow competition. Get your facts straight before making offensive comments.[/p][/quote]Why don't you put your handbag down and go around to this woman's house then, if you're a local? MarkAllRead
  • Score: 8

3:18pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Isobelle says...

I think people forget that 'Bolton at Home' is a charity and not a part of the council. Perhaps they are struggling for funds??
I think people forget that 'Bolton at Home' is a charity and not a part of the council. Perhaps they are struggling for funds?? Isobelle
  • Score: 9

3:39pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Jim271 says...

Half the people on Johnson Fold estate dream of owning their own council house.

The other half dream of breaking into it.
Half the people on Johnson Fold estate dream of owning their own council house. The other half dream of breaking into it. Jim271
  • Score: 19

5:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Balboa says...

Why is this lady's medical condition relevant to the complaint about the fence - sympathy vote?
Why is this lady's medical condition relevant to the complaint about the fence - sympathy vote? Balboa
  • Score: 24

9:31pm Mon 6 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Half the people on Johnson Fold estate dream of owning their own council house.

The other half dream of breaking into it.
Apparently so.... There is currently a big panic about money within b@h. They have finally realised just how much faster they are spending than collecting. Staff being briefed this week.

Still the new van fleet looks good in black!
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Half the people on Johnson Fold estate dream of owning their own council house. The other half dream of breaking into it.[/p][/quote]Apparently so.... There is currently a big panic about money within b@h. They have finally realised just how much faster they are spending than collecting. Staff being briefed this week. Still the new van fleet looks good in black! atlas123
  • Score: 5

9:31pm Mon 6 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Jim271 wrote:
Half the people on Johnson Fold estate dream of owning their own council house.

The other half dream of breaking into it.
Apparently so.... There is currently a big panic about money within b@h. They have finally realised just how much faster they are spending than collecting. Staff being briefed this week.

Still the new van fleet looks good in black!
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Half the people on Johnson Fold estate dream of owning their own council house. The other half dream of breaking into it.[/p][/quote]Apparently so.... There is currently a big panic about money within b@h. They have finally realised just how much faster they are spending than collecting. Staff being briefed this week. Still the new van fleet looks good in black! atlas123
  • Score: 3

9:38pm Mon 6 Jan 14

atlas123 says...

Isobelle wrote:
I think people forget that 'Bolton at Home' is a charity and not a part of the council. Perhaps they are struggling for funds??
Should have quoted this above....


List of reps BAH will do...
[quote][p][bold]Isobelle[/bold] wrote: I think people forget that 'Bolton at Home' is a charity and not a part of the council. Perhaps they are struggling for funds??[/p][/quote]Should have quoted this above.... List of reps BAH will do... atlas123
  • Score: 3

12:42am Tue 7 Jan 14

keithyno.1 says...

"A disabled grandmother hit out at housing officials after she claimed they refused to fix her fence after high winds blew it down."

But the report then goes on to say, a spokesman for Bolton At Home said that the fence would be made safe, and that they are "currently completing a fencing programme in the Johnson Fold area. We will temporarily fix the fence on Monday and it will be completed in the next few months.”

I think it must be obvious to anybody that B@H surely have their work cut out right now fixing fences blown down during the festive season, what with all the stormy weather the whole country's been enduring.

So WHY does the BN even consider this to be a story worth publishing??

Around the coast of Britain bomes have been flooded, businesses ruined and people have lost their lives out to sea in some tragic cases, but STOP THE PRESS....here in Bolton we have a woman whose fence has blown down and the landlord has agreed to carry out emergency repairs!! Are Sky, BBC, ITN, CNN and Al Jazeera news teams at the scene also, beaming the story to a shocked world???!!

One word sums it all up: PATHETIC!!!!!
"A disabled grandmother hit out at housing officials after she claimed they refused to fix her fence after high winds blew it down." But the report then goes on to say, a spokesman for Bolton At Home said that the fence would be made safe, and that they are "currently completing a fencing programme in the Johnson Fold area. We will temporarily fix the fence on Monday and it will be completed in the next few months.” I think it must be obvious to anybody that B@H surely have their work cut out right now fixing fences blown down during the festive season, what with all the stormy weather the whole country's been enduring. So WHY does the BN even consider this to be a story worth publishing?? Around the coast of Britain bomes have been flooded, businesses ruined and people have lost their lives out to sea in some tragic cases, but STOP THE PRESS....here in Bolton we have a woman whose fence has blown down and the landlord has agreed to carry out emergency repairs!! Are Sky, BBC, ITN, CNN and Al Jazeera news teams at the scene also, beaming the story to a shocked world???!! One word sums it all up: PATHETIC!!!!! keithyno.1
  • Score: 19

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