Brighton man claims broken lift has left him stranded

STRANDED: Julian Gonsalves is stranded in his second floor flat because of a broken lift

STRANDED: Julian Gonsalves is stranded in his second floor flat because of a broken lift

First published in News by , local government reporter

A MAN has been stranded in his second floor flat for more than a month because landlords have failed to repair a lift, he claims.

Julian John Gonsalves lives in Florence Court in Gordon Road, Brighton but has been unable to leave the building for the past five weeks because of a lift fault and a medical condition that has left him unable to walk down the stairs.

He has been left relying on friends to carry out simple tasks and says the whole independence-robbing situation has left him emotionally distraught.

He said: “I’ve had to get friends to go out and get shopping for me.

“I’ve lost my independence and if it wasn’t for a friend of mine who I’ve asked to keep an eye on me I’d be on my own.

“But I don’t see why I should have to ask him to hang around because I have to sit around here on my own. The lifts have been out of order for five weeks now.

“I have one neighbour who is 80 and another around the corner who is 76 and there’s me, and I find it difficult to walk.

“I can’t get out of here and even my doctors and nurses want to know why I can’t get out to get to appointments. It’s getting beyond a joke and I’m getting no response from anyone.”

The 59-year-old, who lost his left hand last year after collapsing at home before later developing compartment syndrome, added he has been left feeling alone and isolated by the continuing problems.

He says he has lodged complaints with Saxon Weald, which runs the apartment block near Preston Park, and despite repairs being made to the first and third floor lift access nothing has been done to help him.

He added: “I feel like no-one really cares and I think something has to be done about it.

“I’ve been in tears about the whole situation. It’s all just wrong.”

A spokesman for Saxon Weald said the lift was out of action because of misuse and vandalism, which has damaged the lift entrance on the second floor.

She said engineers had been out to try and fix the problem but had to order a special part, which was what was causing the delays.

She added: “We’re very apologetic towards residents and we understand they are experiencing a lot of inconvenience but we are doing all we can.”

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12:14pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ICantThinkOfAName says...

I'm more concerned that a man who relies on lifts is in a second floor flat. What would happen if there was a fire in the building as people are told to use stairs and not lifts?
I'm more concerned that a man who relies on lifts is in a second floor flat. What would happen if there was a fire in the building as people are told to use stairs and not lifts? ICantThinkOfAName
  • Score: 8

12:37pm Mon 2 Jun 14

a person says...

A spokesman for Saxon Weald said
“We’re very apologetic towards residents and we understand they are experiencing a lot of inconvenience but we are doing all we can.”

Maybe this should include getting the shopping in and daily contact with residents that cannot use the lift.

If this was written into all leases I am sure things would be fixed a lot faster.
A spokesman for Saxon Weald said “We’re very apologetic towards residents and we understand they are experiencing a lot of inconvenience but we are doing all we can.” Maybe this should include getting the shopping in and daily contact with residents that cannot use the lift. If this was written into all leases I am sure things would be fixed a lot faster. a person
  • Score: 3

8:07pm Mon 2 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

And his medical condition has nothing to do with his copious intake of nicotine, right?
And his medical condition has nothing to do with his copious intake of nicotine, right? ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 3

5:22am Tue 3 Jun 14

Brian58 says...

This man should not be allowed to suffer like this.Saxon Weald the landlords are not squeaky clean . They are notorious with demanding rent arrears with harassment.This is just bad management
This man should not be allowed to suffer like this.Saxon Weald the landlords are not squeaky clean . They are notorious with demanding rent arrears with harassment.This is just bad management Brian58
  • Score: 1

5:24am Tue 3 Jun 14

Dave At Home says...

So this poor guy can't walk DOWN the stairs, so why does he not walk UP the stairs to the 3rd floor and get the lift to the ground floor and do his business and when he returns, he gets the lift to the 1st floor and walks UP the stairs?

And the door on the 2nd floor has been vandalised, I wonder if it was done by someone poking a stick in it when it closed instead of using the buttons to hold the door open. Some people just cannot help themselves, they want everything laid on for them. No wonder this City is in the mess it is.
So this poor guy can't walk DOWN the stairs, so why does he not walk UP the stairs to the 3rd floor and get the lift to the ground floor and do his business and when he returns, he gets the lift to the 1st floor and walks UP the stairs? And the door on the 2nd floor has been vandalised, I wonder if it was done by someone poking a stick in it when it closed instead of using the buttons to hold the door open. Some people just cannot help themselves, they want everything laid on for them. No wonder this City is in the mess it is. Dave At Home
  • Score: 2

8:04am Tue 3 Jun 14

Brian58 says...

Saxon Weald are not doing enough for Julian Gonsalves,they have a moral obligation to re house him,suitable to his requirements. And what Dave At Home is saying,well he must be a tenant,or works for Saxon Weald
Saxon Weald are not doing enough for Julian Gonsalves,they have a moral obligation to re house him,suitable to his requirements. And what Dave At Home is saying,well he must be a tenant,or works for Saxon Weald Brian58
  • Score: 0

9:18am Tue 3 Jun 14

Morpheus says...

Most blocks of flats have only one lift and since they are not 100% reliable people who are not mobile are going to have problems. The other issue is that as lifts get older they become more difficult to maintain and therefore this adds to the problems for people on upper floors. Replacing lifts is expensive so freeholders tend to repair and as the lifts get older the outages get longer.

I experienced this in a private block of flats. Some elderly who liked the block moved from upper floors to the ground floor if flats became available, Others left to find suitable accommodation. It is just ridiculous that people who are not mobile have to depend on a lift.
Most blocks of flats have only one lift and since they are not 100% reliable people who are not mobile are going to have problems. The other issue is that as lifts get older they become more difficult to maintain and therefore this adds to the problems for people on upper floors. Replacing lifts is expensive so freeholders tend to repair and as the lifts get older the outages get longer. I experienced this in a private block of flats. Some elderly who liked the block moved from upper floors to the ground floor if flats became available, Others left to find suitable accommodation. It is just ridiculous that people who are not mobile have to depend on a lift. Morpheus
  • Score: 0

11:16am Tue 3 Jun 14

TIMBURRY says...

ZeeGee, ffs wrote:
And his medical condition has nothing to do with his copious intake of nicotine, right?
fags £8 inhaler free on the NHS
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee, ffs[/bold] wrote: And his medical condition has nothing to do with his copious intake of nicotine, right?[/p][/quote]fags £8 inhaler free on the NHS TIMBURRY
  • Score: 1

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