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Barnsley Housing Situation - Your Thoughts - We Are Barnsley

Friday August 19 2011

We Are Barnsley's film crew interviewed Barnsley councillor Graham Kyte, after it emerged the council has launched an investigation into the standard of housing in the borough. It comes after concerns that a quarter of private housing stock may not be up to scratch and around 8000 are on the waiting list for council houses. Your thoughts are needed - please comment in the box below.

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Reply Posted by June Gough on Tuesday August 23 2011 at 10:41
the reason why ppl go private rented n theres 8,000 on the council waiting list is because ENGLISH ppl or no longer top priority

Reply Posted by Sidey_23 on Tuesday August 23 2011 at 11:19
i agree with june gough people who have lived in the area should be top priority not some obe from overseas . look afyer our own first . do the council get a sweetner to take our ethnic friends cos we seem to be swampped with them.

Reply Posted by Jamey Griffiths on Wednesday August 24 2011 at 19:09
Yeah fair enough your right, Barnsley does need more houses but they are needed for the people of Barnsley, Yorkshire and British. Companies and councils building all these new houses for immigrants who won't think about getting a job just living on 3 times more benifits and popping out as many kids as their bodies will let them, committing crimes and dealing drugs. So basically my point is whilst they build these houses there is more and more people from this country going hungary and homeless, now all i ask is how is that fair? Dont get me wrong i think it's good to help others in a worse state than us like war torn countries and famine but i also think we should help our own people first.

Reply Posted by Colin Miller on Friday August 26 2011 at 11:01
I'm in private rental accommodation with no double glazing which is near impossible to keep warm during the winter, I would love a council house and have the benefit of having a few pounds in my pocket instead of the majority of my minimum wage being handed over to the landlord. With the increase in fuel charges this year, I can see it being a close juggling act between food and fuel. When I have been into the civic centre, its alarming to see the majority of the public being served or waiting in the waiting area are not British, its just not fair. Something needs to be done

Reply Posted by bob on Friday August 26 2011 at 21:31
typical racist rubbish from the good people of Barnsley

Reply Posted by Matt_sharpe1969 on Saturday August 27 2011 at 07:44
god sake winge moan double glazing a roof over ur head is better than street life

Reply Posted by Morrall on Saturday August 27 2011 at 08:17
its about time some people took responsibility of their own lives and got on with it. i agree with Matt some people are always moaning. if you dont like it do something about it, or live with it simple

Reply Posted by Tracy A on Saturday August 27 2011 at 08:43
Stop letting in more immigrants then there would be adequate house n jobs for BRITISH people!!!

Reply Posted by Jill_l_thompson on Saturday August 27 2011 at 10:28
I am a private Landlady all my propertes are up to standard and I am proud when I let anyone look round my properties. But I wish people would respect them when they move in . I have photos before and after and sometimes I am in tears  with the state that they are sometimes left.

Reply Posted by toot on Sunday August 28 2011 at 18:32
I have been in private rent accommodation for years and have wanted a council house for years as private rents are so high and i am strggling to afford it................ i am a single parent.....i work...i am offereing barnsley council  money to live in one of their houses but im just not a priority as i am not on benefits and only have one son......its just a case of falling deeper and deeper into debt

Reply Posted by Rickr10 on Sunday August 28 2011 at 18:41
In this day and age having a council house is a privilege not a right.   The council needs to be more aggressive towards the tenants that don't pay their rent or cause problems for there neighbours.  You seem to bend over backwards for scrotes and ignore the needs of decent hard working people.

Reply Posted by guest on Sunday August 28 2011 at 19:20
I'm a council tenant, I have always paid full rent and never caused any bother.  I am living in a house which is all but falling down.  I find it really frustrating that the Bernslai Homes will refurbish properties ready for new tenants moving in but will not do even standard repairs for some existing tenants.  I have paid to have a bath fitted as we only had a shower and have replaced the kitchen which had only a couple of basic units.  When I contacted the council to ask them to look at these rooms before I started doing anything I was told it wasn't really their problem???  I am waiting for a full inspection on the house next week as I have a massive oak which I believe is causing subsidence - apparently that is not their responsibility either as it's my tree?  It towers above the house so quite clearly I didn't plant it there.  Ah well.  Council rents rose by around 9% this year which is supposedly to bring them in line with private rents.  I have a lot of friends who live in private rented and yes, the rents are sometimes higher but most get repairs done when needed and a better standard of property.

Reply Posted by Ross on Sunday August 28 2011 at 21:59
What a surprise... Some unfortunate and misguided folk out
there blaming the 'immigrants'. No wonder the rest of the UK sees Barnsley as a
backward, racist town. Change the record. Was born and bread in this town and
it's moments like this that i feel embarrassed to say I’m from Barnsley due to
the blatant racist fools.

Reply Posted by Claire Healey on Thursday September 1 2011 at 12:25
My family and I live in a  3 bedroomed Berneslai homes house  in Kendray and have done so for 4 yrs. Our family consists of myself, my partner and our 7 children, 4 boys (aged 1,6,7,and 9)and three girls (aged 2,8, and 16) the youngest boy has to share with the girls and the three boys are in the small box bedroom. we have to do it like this as we don't have any space.I recently put in for a larger house 5 bedroomed house in kendray after speaking with Mayor Dyson. The other house would have given us the space we so desperately need and still being in the area where the children are settled at school. We were given the 'AT RISK' priority as we have a major condensation problem in our current house due to too many people living there this causes black damp in a number of places around the home, which in effect affects mine my son and daughters asthma. One of my son's is being tested for autism and has ocd. and the lack of space stresses him as he is unable to carry out is rituals. My 16 yr old daughter  has a split pelvis and is currently under the hospital. somedays she is unable to walk. she has to sleep in a top bunk as we have no space and the other siblings in her room are too young to sleep on a top bunk.  she is unable to get out of bed unaided and myself or my partner has too lift her. The five bedroomed house has been allocated to people from out of the area. I am so desperate to move and i feel we have been cheated.

Reply Posted by nicky on Thursday September 1 2011 at 15:32
Thanks for your input Claire.

Reply Posted by Billy on Sunday September 4 2011 at 09:49
buy a bigger house and keep your knickers on more

Reply Posted by Claire Healey on Monday September 5 2011 at 11:15
if you don't have anything sensible to say then don't bother.

Reply Posted by Billy on Tuesday September 6 2011 at 17:34
Like I said, buy a bigger house instead of waiting for the council to sort you out and why so many kids you clearly can't afford to bring up without state help.

Reply Posted by Claire Healey on Wednesday September 7 2011 at 11:46
for your information we don't claim any benefits. my partner works full time. and we can't buy a house due to ex partners gambling away my savings and destroying my credit and my partners. we have looked into other options but none are viable. if my kids need anything then it is worked for and paid for by my partner. none of them go without.

Reply Posted by Claire Healey on Wednesday September 7 2011 at 11:49
and if i choose to have 7 children what business is it of yours. I was merely saying that we have been told there is too many people in the house but when one comes available then we are allocated. there is also two houses tinned up side by side. how come we cant have them made into one house. x

Reply Posted by Claire Healey on Wednesday September 7 2011 at 11:49
and if i choose to have 7 children what business is it of yours. I was merely saying that we have been told there is too many people in the house but when one comes available then we are allocated. there is also two houses tinned up side by side. how come we cant have them made into one house. x

Reply Posted by guest on Wednesday September 7 2011 at 14:54
I was made homeless illegally by my old landlord, I was given 3 days to vacate my property. After which my daughter (2) and my self had to leave. The council refused to help us and we had to move from friends house to friends house until I could afford to get a privately rented house. 

Reply Posted by Claire Louise on Wednesday September 7 2011 at 15:37
My mother has lived in the same council house for 15 years which is rotten and full of mould. The kitchen, if that is what you would call it, was basically a sink and a draining board with no work surfaces. She has now managed to get a new kitchen installed after pestering the council for 15 years. This is ridiculous for a start, but the workers who were fitting the kitchen openly admitted that if she were an immigrant she would have had a brand new kitchen, dining room, bathroom the works the second she moved in as the money for immigrants is in a seperate, much larger pot. I completely agree that we should offer help to those in war stricken countries but WHY give them more than your own people, it really doesn't make sense to me

Reply Posted by Claire Louise on Wednesday September 7 2011 at 15:37
i should add to this that she has always paid full rent on time every time

Reply Posted by Deborahbooth74 on Wednesday September 7 2011 at 19:24
I live in a council estate and until 3 days ago my immediate neighbours were a family from Afghanistan, Two adults and two adult children and a teenage boy. None of whom worked for a living, they seemed to sleep all day (while my husband and I were at work) and stayed up all night making a row, the council weren't interested when we complained largely because they couldn't be seen to discriminate against them. Thankfully they moved out a few days ago in the middle of the night leaving the garden absolutely full of rubbish. I'm not racist and believe in live and let live but if someone comes to our country and wants to be treated as an equal they should live the way we do.