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Back to the streets for a 'healthy' night's sleep
A former rough-sleeper claims he is being driven back to sleep on the streets because of drug-taking in nearby flats.
Alan Godwin moved into his Gatliff Close flat, in Ebury Bridge Road, Pimlico, just over a year ago and says that regular marijuana smoking is driving him out, writes Rupert Basham.
The 56-year-old says he now divides his time between sleeping at his flat and out on the street in a bid to stay healthy.
He says he has complained to landlords CityWest Homes, but it has taken no action.
He said: "This property was described as suitable housing by Westminster Council. All the time I have been here I have been made sick and doped up by the substances used in neighbouring properties.
"This disgusting stuff goes around the whole block all day, every day. It makes me feel ill and irritable, like I'm the one using it.
"It's ruining my opportunity to get back into work, training or even have a decent life. I have to save my health and so I now divide my time between the street and flat.
Director of customer services at CityWest Homes, Darren Levy, said: "We received two complaints earlier this year about noise nuisance and drug use at Gatliff Road, which were investigated and reported to the police, but no evidence was found.
"As in all such cases, we provided the resident who made the allegations with a diary to record any instances and asked him to contact us if there were any further incidents.
"We have received no further reports.
"We take all reports of this nature very seriously and will continue to work closely with our residents and the police to deal with any reports of this kind."
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