We are in our 80s and strongly feel old age contributes to non action by the Local Authority. ‘John’ and ‘Wendy’, Exeter
‘John’ and ‘Wendy’ own their house and have suffered 10 years of continuous DIY. For weeks on end, early morning to late evening, weekends non-stop, with no courtesy warning of noise to come. Alterations to the neighbour’s house a few years ago are now being re-done. They comment: “The owner is DIY obsessive,almost manic. They have pit bull terriers which is a deterrent to re-confronting them. We are in our 80s and strongly feel old age contributes to non action by the Local Authority. Both of us still work and do voluntary work.” They feel the neighbours’ family intrude into their home and that there is no privacy.
‘Wendy’ dresses/undresses on the landing so as to feel unobserved. The neighbours’ children (now 11 and 13) sneer and smirk at them adding to their discomfort. “We have contacted Environmental Health (twice) with little active response – or a lack lustre response given too late. We are convinced old age bars us from useful help. The Police seem more willing to help but the “noise” factor bars them from so doing, thus they can only refer us to the Local Authority.” ‘John’ and ‘Wendy’ feel they have been discriminated against due to age. They advise victims to put pressure on their local authority and make sure they don’t dawdle and dither.
[Source: online survey]