PUBLISHED: 09:37 05 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:50 05 November 2015 The Clover Field development in Clavering, which has no mains electricity or phone line Archant A batch of brand new homes in Clavering costing up to £500,000 are being lived in without mains electricity or a phone line. The Clover Field development, in Oxleys Close, built by Matthew Homes, boasts 14 new three and four bedroom properties, but residents who have already moved in are currently receiving their electricity from a site generator. The new home owners are also facing serious issues over the lack of a working phone line, with extremely limited mobile phone reception in the Essex village and no internet connection rendering them virtually uncontactable. One resident, who moved in four weeks ago but did not want to be named, said: “The electricity runs through a generator out the back. To be honest, the electricity hasn’t been as much of a problem as the phone line. I’ve been here for … [Read more...] about New owners ‘nightmare’ after moving into new Essex homes development with no mains electricity or phone line
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With the summer holidays well underway many may be struggling find ways to keep their little darlings occupied - but spare a thought for this Bristol mum-of-three who was trapped in her house with bored kids for 11 days waiting for the gas man to show up. Kayleigh Lemaitre moved into her new house in Lawrence Weston after spending two years on the council waiting list for a housing association property but she said it was like “living in a cave” with no hot water and no heating. She was hoping her new place would be an ideal home with enough space for her kids, but instead she was saddled with a maintenance nightmare with no hot running water. “It’s been like living like a caveman, not very nice,” she said. “I’ve had to take bucket baths with water from the kettle.” Kayleigh explained the gas meter was broken when she moved in leaving her and her kids, aged 10, six and five, without hot water to wash or any heating. Kayleigh told Bristol … [Read more...] about Family forced to ‘live like cavemen’ by ‘broken’ house
This is the amazing transformation of a Coventry garden - which was turned into a tranquil space, thanks to some TV help. When Paul Bratby and Victoria Hurst moved into their first house together in Radford three years ago, their garden resembled a jungle. Brambles and weeds ran riot, and the couple could not even see as far down as the bottom of the garden. Despite the fact that it was in a sorry state, the potential was there, and the garden even came with an unusual feature - an original World War Two air raid shelter. With months of hard work, an array of tools, and help from Victoria's dad Jim, the garden was eventually restored to a neutral state. The couple had bold plans for the rear of their property, but needed help to see their dreams become reality. Following a chance conversation, the wheels were set in motion. Paul said: "The garden remained a blank canvas for a while due to lack of time with work, and the garden slowly started to see the return of weeds and not much … [Read more...] about The amazing transformation of a garden with a WWII shelter
This week, Apple will reveal the future of your iPhone – and any other product you might happen to own. The company is hosting WWDC, its annual conference. Right in the middle of that is the keynote where the company shows off updates to the various operating systems and software that power all of its products. The event will take place all through next week. But the big keynote happens on 4 June, in the morning pacific time so much later on in the day in the rest of the world. What is WWDC? The event's full name is Worldwide Developers Conference, which gives you a pretty good picture of what happens. It serves as a place for app developers to meet each other and learn about the future of Apple's various platforms, and for Apple to discuss that future with them. Gadgets and tech news in pictures + show all Gadgets and tech news in pictures 1/43 Designed by Pierpaolo Lazzarini from Italian company Jet Capsule. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which … [Read more...] about WWDC 2018: What is Apple’s big event, will there be a new iPhone and how do I watch it?
PUBLISHED: 15:38 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 04 April 2018 Emma Youle Dr Claire Davies has worked in Hackney for 15 years and says she see the daily affects of inadequate housing on her patients' health. Picture: Emma Youle Archant The horror stories include cancer patients being forced to forgo treatment and terminally ill people being cared for by untrained hostel staff. As a landmark study reveals a health crisis in hostels, Hackney GP Dr Claire Davies talks to Emma Youle An empty packet of prescription drugs found outside a homeless hostel in Dalston A Hackney GP has spoken of seeing the impact of homeless hostels on patients’ mental and physical health, saying hostels are an “unacceptable way to live”. Dr Claire Davies has been at the frontline of treating health problems linked with inadequate housing in the borough and says people in hostels can easily end up on the edge of society. Speaking as part of the Gazette’s Hidden Homeless campaign, … [Read more...] about ‘Terminally ill patients are dying in hostels’: Hackney GP reveals health toll of housing crisis