Thamesmead residents left without television over Christmas

News Shopper: Dee Palmer and her partner Trevor Nowell in the Mill Court flat. Dee Palmer and her partner Trevor Nowell in the Mill Court flat.

AROUND 200 residents of a block of flats were left without television for eight days over the Christmas period after a communal antenna broke in the latest round of bad weather.

The incident was reported by residents of Mill Court in Titmuss Avenue, Thamesmead to Gallions Housing on December 23.

Residents were told it could take 15 days to fix the antenna because it was not an 'emergency'.

Disabled Dee Palmer, 52, has lived in the block for 27 years, has branded the treatment of the residents by the housing association 'unfair'.

She explained: "The block has a mixture of elderly people and parents with children in it.

"We are all dependant on that one antenna for our televisions and for it not to be working at Christmas that was a big thing for us.

"At Christmas you do rely on the television but I also rely on it for my information to find out what is going on in the outside world.

"I am pretty much house bound and not to know what is going on and watch the news is a big thing for me."

Mill Court is made up of 90 flats across five floors.

Dee added: "I feel we were treated quite harshly. We were told because it wasn't an emergency it could take up to 15 days.

"At first I thought it was a problem with Sky, but we called them and they said everything was fine.

"All we could watch was DVDs. It seemed like because it was Christmas nobody seemed to care." A spokesman for Gallions Housing Association said: "The televisions are now working again - our engineers fixed the problem yesterday evening.

"The job was given a 15 day turnaround as it was not considered an emergency. This is in line with published information sent to all residents."

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2:03pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Biffo. says...

"Thamesmead residents left without television over Christmas"

The end of all known life then !
"Thamesmead residents left without television over Christmas" The end of all known life then ! Biffo.

2:22pm Thu 2 Jan 14

concerned.erith says...

Give them a partial refund of the TV licence fee
Give them a partial refund of the TV licence fee concerned.erith

2:40pm Thu 2 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

What did people do before tv?
What did people do before tv? white rabbit9

2:41pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Virtual-Monster says...

No telly - Well that's clearly an emergency... NOT!

Having no power, no heating, no roof, not enough food to live on, that's an emergency and one faced by far too many people this Christmas just gone. These people need a firm reality check and I don't mean by watching Big Brother either!
No telly - Well that's clearly an emergency... NOT! Having no power, no heating, no roof, not enough food to live on, that's an emergency and one faced by far too many people this Christmas just gone. These people need a firm reality check and I don't mean by watching Big Brother either! Virtual-Monster

2:42pm Thu 2 Jan 14

cookster says...

Lucky lot - some of us accidentally tuned in to the Xmas schedule.
Lucky lot - some of us accidentally tuned in to the Xmas schedule. cookster

2:43pm Thu 2 Jan 14

madras says...

Oh FFS - there have been reports up and down the country of people without any power, properties flooded, serious structural damage and these two whine about loss of TV...

If it's so bloomin' important to you get out and buy an indoor aerial!!!
Oh FFS - there have been reports up and down the country of people without any power, properties flooded, serious structural damage and these two whine about loss of TV... If it's so bloomin' important to you get out and buy an indoor aerial!!! madras

3:00pm Thu 2 Jan 14

chris8210 says...

They didnt miss much
They didnt miss much chris8210

7:47am Fri 3 Jan 14

R_U_Serious says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
What did people do before tv?
Early nights producing offspring.....
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: What did people do before tv?[/p][/quote]Early nights producing offspring..... R_U_Serious

10:11pm Sat 4 Jan 14

danm5577 says...

They miss the tv
And her boobs miss a bra!
They miss the tv And her boobs miss a bra! danm5577

3:14pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Observantagent says...

It is not being without TV that is a major problem - it is the way the council/housing associations treat you when you phone them to report the fault. If you have Sky TV, contact them and let them know and you will get a partial refund. Our block is also out and has been since 23rd December - 'Royal' Borough of Greenwich are worse than useless! I reported it on 30th December and then called again on 2nd January to see what was happening and they had no record of my previous call. I work hard and pay all my bills but that is of no consequence to the council layabouts!!
It is not being without TV that is a major problem - it is the way the council/housing associations treat you when you phone them to report the fault. If you have Sky TV, contact them and let them know and you will get a partial refund. Our block is also out and has been since 23rd December - 'Royal' Borough of Greenwich are worse than useless! I reported it on 30th December and then called again on 2nd January to see what was happening and they had no record of my previous call. I work hard and pay all my bills but that is of no consequence to the council layabouts!! Observantagent

11:22am Mon 6 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good.

Council tenants ! Nuff said.
Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said. Gypo.Joe

11:03pm Mon 6 Jan 14

reasonable75 says...

Also on NS is a report about residents in Eltham (which I believe is also in Greenwich council area) who's houses have been flooded - and some may not be able to return for months

I bet they'd be delighted to have no TV if it meant their houses weren't ruined
Also on NS is a report about residents in Eltham (which I believe is also in Greenwich council area) who's houses have been flooded - and some may not be able to return for months I bet they'd be delighted to have no TV if it meant their houses weren't ruined reasonable75

2:01am Tue 7 Jan 14

A.Nowell says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good.

Council tenants ! Nuff said.
The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look. A.Nowell

9:54pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Simon bald says...

A.Nowell wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good.

Council tenants ! Nuff said.
The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.
out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community.
[quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.[/p][/quote]out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community. Simon bald

12:23am Wed 8 Jan 14

A.Nowell says...

Simon bald wrote:
A.Nowell wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good.

Council tenants ! Nuff said.
The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.
out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community.
He voluntarily and on donations only runs the pet ambulance service to help them with no transport take there pets for emergency treatment.. He runs this service 24/7. He will also glady take elderly people to and from the store to get there shopping in. Wouldnt be the first time hes left his own dinner to go cold just to help someone else out. This year so far hes been out clearing leaves from the front of the block, Harrasing the council to get repairs done to more than just communal ariels. He has been told by his GP to slow down as he is suffering from exhaustion
[quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.[/p][/quote]out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community.[/p][/quote]He voluntarily and on donations only runs the pet ambulance service to help them with no transport take there pets for emergency treatment.. He runs this service 24/7. He will also glady take elderly people to and from the store to get there shopping in. Wouldnt be the first time hes left his own dinner to go cold just to help someone else out. This year so far hes been out clearing leaves from the front of the block, Harrasing the council to get repairs done to more than just communal ariels. He has been told by his GP to slow down as he is suffering from exhaustion A.Nowell

8:40am Wed 8 Jan 14

Simon bald says...

A.Nowell wrote:
Simon bald wrote:
A.Nowell wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good.

Council tenants ! Nuff said.
The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.
out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community.
He voluntarily and on donations only runs the pet ambulance service to help them with no transport take there pets for emergency treatment.. He runs this service 24/7. He will also glady take elderly people to and from the store to get there shopping in. Wouldnt be the first time hes left his own dinner to go cold just to help someone else out. This year so far hes been out clearing leaves from the front of the block, Harrasing the council to get repairs done to more than just communal ariels. He has been told by his GP to slow down as he is suffering from exhaustion
sounds like he has no time for tv then
[quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.[/p][/quote]out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community.[/p][/quote]He voluntarily and on donations only runs the pet ambulance service to help them with no transport take there pets for emergency treatment.. He runs this service 24/7. He will also glady take elderly people to and from the store to get there shopping in. Wouldnt be the first time hes left his own dinner to go cold just to help someone else out. This year so far hes been out clearing leaves from the front of the block, Harrasing the council to get repairs done to more than just communal ariels. He has been told by his GP to slow down as he is suffering from exhaustion[/p][/quote]sounds like he has no time for tv then Simon bald

9:28am Wed 8 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

A.Nowell wrote:
Simon bald wrote:
A.Nowell wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote: Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said.
The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.
out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community.
He voluntarily and on donations only runs the pet ambulance service to help them with no transport take there pets for emergency treatment.. He runs this service 24/7. He will also glady take elderly people to and from the store to get there shopping in. Wouldnt be the first time hes left his own dinner to go cold just to help someone else out. This year so far hes been out clearing leaves from the front of the block, Harrasing the council to get repairs done to more than just communal ariels. He has been told by his GP to slow down as he is suffering from exhaustion
Sounds like he does a lot to help the community and he deserves a lot of respect for that. However, with regards to this issue, having no TV is not an emergency! As people have pointed out, there were people up and down the country whose houses were uninhabitable. People need to get a sense of perspective and realise that the TV is not essential.
[quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Simon bald[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.[/p][/quote]out of interest what does your father in law do to help the local community.[/p][/quote]He voluntarily and on donations only runs the pet ambulance service to help them with no transport take there pets for emergency treatment.. He runs this service 24/7. He will also glady take elderly people to and from the store to get there shopping in. Wouldnt be the first time hes left his own dinner to go cold just to help someone else out. This year so far hes been out clearing leaves from the front of the block, Harrasing the council to get repairs done to more than just communal ariels. He has been told by his GP to slow down as he is suffering from exhaustion[/p][/quote]Sounds like he does a lot to help the community and he deserves a lot of respect for that. However, with regards to this issue, having no TV is not an emergency! As people have pointed out, there were people up and down the country whose houses were uninhabitable. People need to get a sense of perspective and realise that the TV is not essential. PaulErith

10:17am Wed 8 Jan 14

rescoffering says...

...i heard there are still 11,000 black and white t.v.'s registered in this country... amazing fact that - not forgetting that the old failed blogger 'erastus piggott' claimed on her blog to have seen 'les dennis' the comic first on black and white t.v. ...my old pal 'ron' did a bit of research into this claim - and discovered that when no color t.v.'s where in operation in this country, and everyone just had black and white t.v.'s ...les the comic dennis doing stand-up comedy would have had to have been about ten of age!! oh my sides!! 'erastus piggott' the little fibber!! after that - everything piggot-the-bigot said on the blog was scrutinized and challenged... she packed in the blogging game totally washed out and defeated!! she's back on here as 'gypo joe' now - same old same!! wink, wink, rofl!!
...i heard there are still 11,000 black and white t.v.'s registered in this country... amazing fact that - not forgetting that the old failed blogger 'erastus piggott' claimed on her blog to have seen 'les dennis' the comic first on black and white t.v. ...my old pal 'ron' did a bit of research into this claim - and discovered that when no color t.v.'s where in operation in this country, and everyone just had black and white t.v.'s ...les the comic dennis doing stand-up comedy would have had to have been about ten of age!! oh my sides!! 'erastus piggott' the little fibber!! after that - everything piggot-the-bigot said on the blog was scrutinized and challenged... she packed in the blogging game totally washed out and defeated!! she's back on here as 'gypo joe' now - same old same!! wink, wink, rofl!! rescoffering

10:57am Wed 8 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

2014 and still banging on about Erastus !

Oh my sides that's near as good a laugh as Nick Griffin going bankrupt.
2014 and still banging on about Erastus ! Oh my sides that's near as good a laugh as Nick Griffin going bankrupt. Gypo.Joe

11:04am Wed 8 Jan 14

the wall says...

rescoffering wrote:
...i heard there are still 11,000 black and white t.v.'s registered in this country... amazing fact that - not forgetting that the old failed blogger 'erastus piggott' claimed on her blog to have seen 'les dennis' the comic first on black and white t.v. ...my old pal 'ron' did a bit of research into this claim - and discovered that when no color t.v.'s where in operation in this country, and everyone just had black and white t.v.'s ...les the comic dennis doing stand-up comedy would have had to have been about ten of age!! oh my sides!! 'erastus piggott' the little fibber!! after that - everything piggot-the-bigot said on the blog was scrutinized and challenged... she packed in the blogging game totally washed out and defeated!! she's back on here as 'gypo joe' now - same old same!! wink, wink, rofl!!
And you are still going on about it. Erastus really got under your skin.
[quote][p][bold]rescoffering[/bold] wrote: ...i heard there are still 11,000 black and white t.v.'s registered in this country... amazing fact that - not forgetting that the old failed blogger 'erastus piggott' claimed on her blog to have seen 'les dennis' the comic first on black and white t.v. ...my old pal 'ron' did a bit of research into this claim - and discovered that when no color t.v.'s where in operation in this country, and everyone just had black and white t.v.'s ...les the comic dennis doing stand-up comedy would have had to have been about ten of age!! oh my sides!! 'erastus piggott' the little fibber!! after that - everything piggot-the-bigot said on the blog was scrutinized and challenged... she packed in the blogging game totally washed out and defeated!! she's back on here as 'gypo joe' now - same old same!! wink, wink, rofl!![/p][/quote]And you are still going on about it. Erastus really got under your skin. the wall

11:18am Wed 8 Jan 14

the wall says...

A.Nowell wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good.

Council tenants ! Nuff said.
The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.
So what did you and the rest of the family do to help out?

Did any of you rush out to buy an aerial ?

Did any of you ring around friends and other family to try and borrow an aerial?

Did these people NOT have food, gas, electric, heating and a roof as well?

1st world problems again - they are the hardest to deal with.
[quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Never mind the telly, a bit of fresh air and some exercise would do them both a world of good. Council tenants ! Nuff said.[/p][/quote]The man in the picture is my father in law.. Hes an elderly pensioner with health problems who does his best to help and support the local community. The women in the picture is partially sighted and disabled as the article says. She cant get out the house without an escort to even do a grocery shop. Maybe you should think about peoples backgrounds before you pass judgement on how they look.[/p][/quote]So what did you and the rest of the family do to help out? Did any of you rush out to buy an aerial ? Did any of you ring around friends and other family to try and borrow an aerial? Did these people NOT have food, gas, electric, heating and a roof as well? 1st world problems again - they are the hardest to deal with. the wall

12:09pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Fatty 'dissolved Daley' still having nightmares over Erastus.

It shows what a tard Daley is.

Where's the Burgess Hill comb over Brewer ?
Fatty 'dissolved Daley' still having nightmares over Erastus. It shows what a tard Daley is. Where's the Burgess Hill comb over Brewer ? Gypo.Joe

3:30pm Wed 8 Jan 14

A.Nowell says...

We dont actually live there with them. We dont even live in London. I did try and instruct them via phone on how to set up the built in freeview but alas dad did not understand the instructions. So instead were making a visit next week for a few days to sort it out for them.
We dont actually live there with them. We dont even live in London. I did try and instruct them via phone on how to set up the built in freeview but alas dad did not understand the instructions. So instead were making a visit next week for a few days to sort it out for them. A.Nowell

9:11pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Simon bald says...

A.Nowell wrote:
We dont actually live there with them. We dont even live in London. I did try and instruct them via phone on how to set up the built in freeview but alas dad did not understand the instructions. So instead were making a visit next week for a few days to sort it out for them.
so your on here defending your dear old dad as you are feeling guilty about leaving him at Christmas without the gogglebox,bless you
[quote][p][bold]A.Nowell[/bold] wrote: We dont actually live there with them. We dont even live in London. I did try and instruct them via phone on how to set up the built in freeview but alas dad did not understand the instructions. So instead were making a visit next week for a few days to sort it out for them.[/p][/quote]so your on here defending your dear old dad as you are feeling guilty about leaving him at Christmas without the gogglebox,bless you Simon bald

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