John Healy, a disabled pensioner living in a Brent Council property on the South Kilburn Estate has found himself without heating for a week. Both Brent Council and Vaillant Boilers failed to look after his well-being after his boiler broke down last Friday. He is still waiting for the repair.
John told Wembley Matters:
My boiler broke down last Friday night and Brent's engineer said I needed a new pump. He told me I had to contact the Council on Monday which I did.Vallant who supplied my boiler made an appointment for me last Wednesday but they never showed. They made another appointment for today but they failed to show up again.I visited the Kilburn HUB on Wednesday saying I wanted to make a complaint against the Council but they told me I could not make one.I rang the Council around 4pm the same day (Wednesday) but again they said I could not make a complaint against the council but I could make one against Vaillant.I have asked Vaillant twice to send me a copy of their complaints form but they have not sent it to me. Instead they are trying to put the blame on me by suggesting that my hearing impairment is the problem.
UPDATE via email from John sent at 18.27 (2 hours after this story was published and tweeted)So today I made an on-line complant to Brent Council.In conclusion, I am a disabled pensioner who needs his home to be warm and going without any heating or hot water for over a week has made me ill.
Oakray have offered me an appointment for next Monday morning and they say they have their own parking permits for the council car park next to my block.Still that will be 10 days without any heating or hot water but hopefully it will not be for any longer.