Toilet troubles force Sheffield tenants to ‘slop out’

Barry and Melanie Walker with their old toilet at their house on Margetson Drive
Barry and Melanie Walker with their old toilet at their house on Margetson Drive
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Toilet problems have left a Sheffield Council tenant and his daughter using a portable loo for three weeks.

Barry Walker, aged 55, and Melanie, 31, who live at Margetson Drive, Parson Cross, say they do not know when the problem will be fixed.

And the pair are furious they have to empty the contents of the portable toilet given to them by the council down a manhole - a process they liken to ‘slopping out’ in a Victorian prison.

Barry said: “We’ve had problems for ten years since we’ve been in the house and the toilet has been leaking for most of that time.

“Workmen have kept making temporary repairs but problems have kept happening - and for the last three weeks we have not been able to use it because the floor is now rotten.

“All I wanted is for the problem to be sorted but now things have got to this state, I am really upset and disgusted.”

In a second case, Gareth Womack, a 24-year-old scaffolder, has complained about new balcony windows fitted by council contractors at his maisonette on Ironside Road, Gleadless Valley.

He says they are 11 centimetres short so do not fit.

Gareth adds the living room floor needs replacing so he, his partner and their two children are staying with relatives because they say they cannot live there.

Sheffield Council said it was looking into both complaints.

A spokeswoman said: “Our contractor Kier has visited Mr Walker a number of times to inspect and repair ongoing problems with his toilet.

“We have apologised to Mr Walker for any disruption this may have caused and have arranged to refit a new toilet and floorboards to avoid a recurrence of the problem.

“Kier has also apologised to Mr Womack and his partner for the inconvenience.

“We have experienced a number of issues with the materials supply and fitting, and are in contact with the tenants to agree a time to complete repairs.”