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Council tenant’s row over aerial

Nicki Porter's aerial is hanging off her roof and the council will not fix it for her - they say its her responsibility. she's worried its  a health and safety issue.

Nicki Porter's aerial is hanging off her roof and the council will not fix it for her - they say its her responsibility. she's worried its a health and safety issue.

A council tenant from Eastwood whose television aerial is hanging off her roof says she is furious nobody will take responsibility for the problem.

Nickie Porter’s loose aerial is hanging off a dislodged brick on her chimney.

The repairs team at Broxtowe Borough Council said they will fix the dislodged brick – but only if the aerial is removed first.

But the 44-year-old said the loose aerial is a safety hazard and if a gust of wind blew it could hit a passer by or smash a window.

“If there was a gust of wind the aerial would fall. It would either go through a window or hit a passer by,” she said.

Workmen said it is not a health and safety issue as there was a wire connecting the aerial to the roof – something Ms Porter says was untrue.

The mum-of-one – who has been trying to resolve the issue for over a month – has been told she will have to pay a private company £100 to fix the aerial.

“It’s infuriating. I work and pay my rent. I’m on my own with my ten-year-old son and I don’t sponge off anybody. I just don’t have £100 to pay a private company to come out.

“I’m just at a loss. I just don’t know how I can have a council property that’s fully insured and nobody take responsibility for it.”

Ms Porter’s insurance company say the aerial is covered, but there is nothing they can do as it is not damaged.

A spokesperson from Broxtowe Borough Council said: “We have assessed the situation at 5 Manor Road and at present believe there’s no imminent danger of the brick becoming loose. We have now received an official complaint from Miss Porter and we are currently investigating this and will report back directly to her when our investigation is completed.”

 

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