Social housing


PHOTO: CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF Concord Place resident Frank Poissonnier does not believe council claims that his and other units in the complex cannot be insulated.

A social housing complex in Christchurch has been likened to a ghetto as dumped mattresses are left to rot, weeds grow from the gutters and spouting rusts.

“I’m wearing more layers than an onion,” resident Charlie Betts says as he tries to limit the use of his electric heater as much as he can.

“I use the cooking heat as much as possible. The kitchen is like an icebox in the morning. It’s very cold.”

Residents of Burwood’s Concord Place are fed up with the state of their cold, uninsulated units and a lack of maintenance on the surrounding grounds.