We “live in a slum” as the “jungle” garden is so overgrown it blocks our windows – but it’s not up to us to fix it

A couple’s apartment is a pain because the communal garden has not been mowed all year round.

Angela Robinson, 53, said she and her husband Raymond, 66, “live in a slum” because a “jungle” is growing outside.

Angela and Raymond's garden is a pain in the ass

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Angela and Raymond’s garden is a pain in the assPhoto credit: Media Scotland
The outdoor garden has not been treated all year round, they say

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The outdoor garden has not been treated all year round, they sayPhoto credit: Media Scotland

They, along with the other 11 tenants, pay £10 a month on top of their rent for the upkeep of the block’s staircases and outside garden.

But Angela said nettles are so big they are now reaching the window sills of their ground floor flat in Edinburgh.

She said: “This year there was no one at all, I called and I called.

“It is a beautiful property that we live in, our apartments are rented socially and the rest of the property is absolutely immaculate.

“We’re sticking out like a sore thumb and it’s embarrassing. If you drive or go upstairs, it looks like you are entering a slum.”

Angela has lived on the block for four years and said it’s never been a problem.

She added: “Looking outside makes me feel down and depressed looking at it so I can only imagine what the rest of our neighbors are thinking as they look at it.

“I’ve said many times that we pay for a service we don’t get.

“I called and they asked if I wanted to file the complaint. I said I wanted something done faster.”

Linked Housing apologized and said the issue would be resolved.

A spokesperson added: “We have been made aware of issues relating to the standards of grounds maintenance work being carried out by our contractor at our South Queensferry homes and have written to customers affected to apologize.

“We have also informed customers that we are working closely with the contractor to resolve the issues as a matter of priority and ensure normal service resumes as soon as possible.

“An action plan has been drawn up to ensure that all outstanding work is delivered in full and where further or supporting work is identified or required this will be completed by the contractor or link at cost.

“Our primary focus right now is to ensure service levels are restored over the next few weeks.”

Angela said it was like living in a slum

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Angela said it was like living in a slumPhoto credit: Media Scotland

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