Estate 'shame'

A BOURNVILLE estate resident has said he is 'ashamed to have visitors' because of the state of the area. Thomas Marshall has lived on the estate since 1934 and says the rubbish, graffiti and burnt out garages make him embarrassed to have guests around. Th

A BOURNVILLE estate resident has said he is 'ashamed to have visitors' because of the state of the area.Thomas Marshall has lived on the estate since 1934 and says the rubbish, graffiti and burnt out garages make him embarrassed to have guests around.The 72-year-old and his wife Ellen, aged 77, live in a maisonette on the estate and have graffiti written on the side of their building. Thomas said: "I love living here, it just seems to have deteriorated over the last 10 years."Mr Marshall's sister, Mrs Bradley, has now written to John Penrose and North Somerset Council to let them know that the area needs cleaning up. Mrs Bradley said: "My brother is an old gentlemen and his wife has heart problems. It used to be a lovely estate, it is so sad."Thomas said the list of problems is endless. "One garage has been burnt out twice. Another one was burnt three years ago and has just been left like that. "I don't like looking out of the window and seeing this every day."According to Mr Marshall, broken sheds and overgrown gardens have been left unattended for a long time. Children have also been seen climbing on the broken roofs.Mr Marshall added: "I have complained but now I feel I should just give up.


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