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Pensioner Struggling With No Central Heating

Friday September 27 2013

A PENSIONER who was treated in hospital for pneumonia is struggling with no central heating in her council bungalow.

Lyn Roquebrun, 70, of Chapel Street, Hoyland Common, lives in one of 29 properties who haven't had any heating since August 7 and will not be able to use it until October 30 because of work being done by Berneslai Homes.

Lyn came out of Barnsley Hospital a week ago after three days' treatment, Her granddaughter Avril Squires, 25, is her carer.

She said: "My nan comes to mine at Headlands Road every day except Sundays. She comes to mine where it's warm. She's also taking 17 types of medication.

"Her bungalow looks like a bombsite with all the work going on. Last month when the weather was warm it was okay but it's not in this colder spell. Also, residents are having to continue to pay their heating bills."

A Berneslai Homes spokesman said that Parkside, Hoyland Common, was one of the schemes where it was in the process of converting heating systems to a new renewable energy system, called Ground Source Heating.

He said: "Unfortunately, it was agreed there was no other option due to the work required in the boiler house, but to turn the heating off to all properties on site. The contractor has scheduled a 12-week programme from August 7 to October 30 for these works to be completed."

He said all tenants were notified the heating would be turned off and had been provided with temporary electric fan heaters until the new system was operational.

He added: "Due to the recent drop in temperature, we have instructed our contractor to visit all properties on site to ask the tenants if they require additional electric fan heaters."

Mrs Roquebrun requested the fan heaters, which were supplied to her earlier this week.

"We will contact her to see if she requires any further assistance," said the spokesman.

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Reply Posted by Carer on Friday September 27 2013 at 12:41
Its unfortunate that the lady has had a bout of pneumonia, but these are essential planned works being carried out to homes, we suffered through the same mid november a few years ago with a 3 month old baby, its not nice to go through but we had to, extra electric heating fans are supplied by the council at no charge, but if push comes to shove maybe the lady could take a few weeks respite at least then she is safe warm and secure until her property is finished

Reply Posted by Stephen on Friday September 27 2013 at 12:49
Will Berneslia Home pay for the electricity used for these heaters, I am sure it will be left to the tenants to find the extra money,most people can't afford this extra money so they will have to be cold or face bills they can't afford to pay

Reply Posted by jister on Friday September 27 2013 at 13:12
My friend lives in one of these properties & has been told heating costs wil be re-imbursed from aug 4th

Reply Posted by Swifty on Friday September 27 2013 at 17:10
The council are bulldozing starts net week Highfield Grange Resource Centre here at Wombwell.

The building was only about 11 years old. It was a purpose built 16 bedroom units to help elderly patients who left Hospitial to stay short term before going back to the home.

It was the Jewel in the NHS.

People from all over Barnsley came and receive the highest standards in care.

The BMBC and the NHS could not agree on funding hence been closed 18 months now going to be flattened.

why don't the council use this building for these sorts of projects to help residents in these situation.

I urge everyone in Barnsley to come and see this building before it is flattened. it will make your stomach feel sick.

That's why only two Thousand people in Wombwell voted yesterday in the Local Elections.

The next time your elderly parent or love one leaves Hospitial and pushed straight back to there home far too early on release from Hospitial.

BMBC made that decision to close it and have also made the decision to leave the most vulnerable members of society in there bungalows to freeze.

Once again another BMBC chaos project.

Reply Posted by G on Friday September 27 2013 at 21:47
The residents are apparently still having to pay their heating bills? But the whole point of the story is that they have no heating, therefore they have nothing to pay for. They've been given electric heaters - so what's the problem. Yes it's an inconvenience having works done but if they are essential works then they need to be done!

Reply Posted by Swifty on Friday September 27 2013 at 22:05
"Essential work" it is and will be welcomed by all at the end. but it's 2013. Should we not be treating The most vulnerable members of society with a bit more respect and dignity. It's simple is called planning ahead something BMBC seem to lack.

Reply Posted by LV on Saturday September 28 2013 at 00:02
gas heating or electric heating - it's still heating, and if you don't have your central heating system working you're not going to pay for the damned thing are you? Why doesn't she stay with her granddaughter if it's so terrible??

Reply Posted by xxxx on Sunday September 29 2013 at 15:15
this elderly lady and the rest of the elderly affected by this probably worked their arses off to give us a benefit system that you were happy to take off LV for 27 wks even though 13 of those were waiting for a crb check, dont be so nasty and remember this is the generation that fought a war for us,the least we can do is make sure they are warm, show a bit of respect you horrible person

Reply Posted by julie on Sunday September 29 2013 at 15:24
Best get your pneumonia jab and say your prayers then!! I'm all right Jack, bugger the rest eh? No respect, compassion or concern for others only yourself - horrid attitude but you'd be shouting from the rooftops if she were your grandmother!! Or maybe not hmm - despicable!!

Reply Posted by cluck on Sunday September 29 2013 at 15:33
What makes me laugh about bernslai home's is they have summer months to carry out this work. And if half of their worker's got their bums in gear when they've done a job to quickly move on to the next instead of sitting in the vans for over a hour people wouldn't have to wait so long to get jobs done! Poor elderly people don't want or need these jobs doing in the autumn or winter when it's cold

Reply Posted by steve on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 20:36
They carry out this work all year round so obviously for some people the work will be done outside of the Summer months.

Reply Posted by Bob on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 20:32
I work on these kind of projects all the time and unfortunately although all attempts to provid alternative heating and respite will have been offered there is always family's that see an opertunaty to make money through compensation. Just a thought but maybe that's why tradesman like me have seen a massive drop in wages, it is a real problem!

Reply Posted by steve on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 20:43
I agree with Bob, I have worked for the council on property improvement schemes and tenants are kept very well informed of what is going on, they also have the opportunity to refuse any work that they don't want due to the disturbance unless it is being done on health and safety grounds (such as a rewire).

I suspect in this case it is a district heating system which is being replaced (had to happen some time) and it's not exactly the middle of winter is it. The electric heaters should be more than adequate, won't cost a fortune and by the sound of it Berneslai Homes are going to be paying for any excess electricity which will more than likely cover more than what the tenants have actually used powering these heaters given that the exact cost will be difficult to determine.

Don't forget as well that Berneslai Homes offers 'respite' to anyone who doesn't wish to stay in their home during the work which sounds like it would have been the ideal thing for this woman.

Reply Posted by Adam on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 21:05
If there is a problem respite care is usually offered

Reply Posted by Helen on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 21:08
I am a former tenants liaison officer . The council will have broken their back to make sure tenants are informed and well looked after . Funny how the other 28 people are not complaining . There's always one tho Likely all family is on benefits , 25 year old grand daughter claiming carers allowance - who then complains her gran comes to her house everyday ! What a joke ! - I sincerely hope you do not make any money for 'publishing' your none exsistant complaint / Avril get a job

Reply Posted by Andy on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 21:09
No disrespect to the elderly lady but Avril is right her Nans Hse does look like a bomb shell she his a paid carer and should get it tidy ( but bye the bye it's going to get worse when the Tories get rid of the welfare system.

Reply Posted by sid on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 21:33
It does say in the article Andy that the house is like a bomb site because work is being carried out. We,ve all been there, with home decorating and repairs.

Reply Posted by Jane on Wednesday October 2 2013 at 23:37
Free renewable energy heating system installed on your home and your complaining - I will put up with a bit of mess send to my house lyn if you don't want it . It's unfortunate your not well

Reply Posted by x on Thursday October 3 2013 at 11:33
omg this is about an old lady without heating what the hell as that got to do with benefits helen,shes in her 70s am sure she wont be claiming job seekers,and im sure she wont have much control on what her family do they are adults themselves

Reply Posted by R on Thursday October 3 2013 at 12:37
X to have a carer means benefits are being paid and that's what's wrong with society today people want a free ride. I agree with Helen too many people who live in council housing then moan when the council do all they can to bring that home up to a better standard they have been given fan heaters what's the problem it's not nice that this lady is ill but she and all her neighbours are getting a free new heating system

Reply Posted by x on Thursday October 3 2013 at 21:01
im not disputing that R it would just be nice to see one subject on this site where people dont turn every conversation round to benefits.and if the health service supplies a carer then im sure it would cost a lot more than carers allowance

Reply Posted by Helen on Thursday October 3 2013 at 21:29
X yes of course you are right.

Just who do the council think they are - fancy giving someone a free home for life , and then having the bare faced cheek to disrupt their life by fitting a free new renewable energy system to the property - to save the tenant money on future fuel bills . Clearly being that it -5 winter weather conditions and only having fan heaters (electricity paid for ) to heats ones immaculately kept home is true hardship . Wat true b******ds they are .

Incidentally , it is most unlikely that the work is being carried out by the Council themselves - it will be private sub contractors .

As a matter of fact some Council properties do not have gas mains , due to location or other factors - and these properties are fitted with electrics heaters permanently and use this alternative form of central heating all year round .

Not be claiming job seekers - just pension, disability , mobility , council tax benefit , .

Do gooders like you X and scroungers are the reason this country is in such a mess .

Reply Posted by Me on Friday October 4 2013 at 10:31
Ps - looking at the photo in the article - your house looks a tip - nothing to do with building works - as previously mentioned your carer is not doing very much caring or cleaning love - this is likely to be making any health issues worse

Reply Posted by x on Friday October 4 2013 at 12:16
im not a do gooder helen im just not a nasty piece of work,im just somone who was brought up to respect my elders and appreciate everything they did for us when they were younger.hopefully i will be that age one day and if im disabled people might just have a bit of compassion.and if you read my comments you stupid woman not once did i slag off the council.

Reply Posted by Helen on Friday October 4 2013 at 18:51
Really X do you have to resort to a personal insult - that's so nasty and disrespectful . Additionally your comment is also incorrect as I am most definitely not stupid .

Like I said X - you haven't a clue - cant see wood for trees can we - who's actually stupid !?!?!?

Reply Posted by Helen on Friday October 4 2013 at 19:02
Over and out X . Can't be bothered to waste any more time on this level of intelligence .

By the way X - THE LADY HAS GOT HEATING - read the article you stupid woman

Reply Posted by R on Friday October 4 2013 at 19:14
Well said Helen that told you x

Reply Posted by x on Friday October 4 2013 at 21:27
omg if you read my posts i was actually on about people bringing benefits into the discussion helen not the rights amd wrongs of the council so get your facts right ,read the posts first before trying to be clever