South London woman pleads for fix to broken security doors after ‘strangers wander about’ and ‘homeless people sleep inside’

A South London resident who found a man urinating next to her broken doors says her complaints about the insecure building have been ignored by Southwark Council.

Jacqui Gilmartin, 63 claims that multiple broken security doors at Jurston Court, Waterloo, have led to strangers wandering about the building, homeless people sleeping on the landing, and cold callers knocking at the homes of vulnerable tenants.

She said: “It’s a nightmare, the first time I reported they were broken was in 2015 and it went on for nine months.

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“It’s their duty of care to make sure they are maintained properly.

“I know several people have reported it to the council, and there are extremely vulnerable people in this block.

“We want to know when they will make us safe.”

Jacqui found a man urinating just outside one of the doors and says she feels unsafe

She added: “I went to my brother’s last night and as I came home there was a man urinating there, I shouted at him and he turned around with all his bits hanging out.

“It should not be open, especially in today’s current climate when women are coming out and saying someone might have touched them on the leg.”

Cancer survivor Ms Gilmartin has also had ongoing issues with rats in the building, which MyLondon uncovered in October.

She believes she is only able to get action from Southwark Council by taking her complaints to Twitter where she can “embarrass them until they do something”.

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Another door on her block left open for rough sleepers and petty criminals to gain access to the building

Photos indicate the current security door issues go back to at least October 29, however the same problem was first reported by Southwark News in 2015.

She added: “For me and the people who live on this estate each week we pay for a security door, so we are actually paying for a service the council is not providing.

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“If we did not pay our rent we would be evicted, but the council continues to take the money from our rent so why are the doors not being maintained as they should be.”

Southwark council were approached for comment and said “a door entry contractor will attend the site as a matter of urgency and check all door entry controlled doors”.

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