I’m one of the last people left in my tower block – they want to demolish my home but I’m too old to find a new one

A BENEFIANT is one of the last people living in a rundown tower about to be demolished and she says she’s too old to find a new place to live.

Iris Ware, 93, moved into the Mitchell Court apartment in Tonypandy, Glamorgan, Wales, in the 1960s.

Iris Ware is one of the last people living in the ruined tower that is about to be destroyed


Iris Ware is one of the last people living in the ruined tower that is about to be destroyedCredit: Welsh Media
Mitchell court apartments in Tonypandy, Glamorgan, are almost'derelict', pensioner says


Mitchell court apartments in Tonypandy, Glamorgan, are almost ‘derelict’, pensioner saysCredit: Welsh Media

She still lives there but most people have left as the buildings are now described as “ruin” and almost “derelict” and about to be demolished, leaving Iris feeling isolated and alone. .

Photos show asbestos markings, scaffolding and sealed windows around her home.

Iris, who owns her apartment, needs to find a new place to live, but says she’s been told by housing association Trivallis that it’s only dealing with her tenants living there at the moment – although though staff are hoping to get everyone out for now. end of August.

Trivallis said it has worked closely with tenants and lessors to ensure “appropriate care and support is provided as we work to prepare for the demolition of the building”.

About her age, Iris said Wales online: “I can’t go out and find myself.”

According to Iris, Trivallis has classified properties at the courthouse into groups, with those in Group A being the highest priority need for new housing.

Her apartment was originally listed as category D, but later changed to C, meaning she was given lower priority.

Iris said Trivallis has found her accomodation in a new row of apartments in the center of town but the apartments won’t be ready until January and she is concerned they will break the promise and then she might had to move twice.

With only five occupied apartments left at Mitchell Court, Iris said it felt like she was living on the block alone, which made her feel “a bit isolated”.

“They wanted to buy my house,” she said. Fair enough, as long as they find me somewhere. I can’t go out at the age of 93.

Iris says that other towns and villages in the area have been considered but she needs to be near her daughter because she takes care of her.

She claims that she has applied for and attempted to buy multiple properties near her daughter but says she has been told these properties have been allocated.

Her daughter also searched the property through real estate agents but the search was complicated by Iris needing things like walk-in bathtubs and elevators.

Referring to the condition of the apartments, Iris said: “I’ve never seen it like this”, adding, “it’s really bad here… I’m really fed up”.

“We have worked closely with Trivallis tenants and lessors at Mitchell Court to ensure care and support is provided,” said Vic Cox, director of development and planned maintenance at Trivallis. appropriate assistance as we attempt to prepare to demolish the building.

“This process will only begin when the building is empty and all tenants and tenants have been relocated.

“We engaged with all of the lessors to make sure they were happy with the price offered for their property and that they were supported throughout the process.”

He added: “Recognizing the individual circumstances of the remaining tenants, we have tailored our support to their specific needs, with neighborhood managers and liaison officers of tenants who visit weekly.

“The decision to demolish the site was made after carefully considering feedback from the occupiers.

“They, along with Trivallis, realized that the building was in poor condition, and that it was essential to find more suitable and improved accommodation for everyone.

“Our teams worked tirelessly to complete the process and make the transition as smooth and compassionate as possible.

“We apologize to Iris for the continued frustration this has caused and will continue to work with her and her family to find the best solution.”

Last month, residents of a site described as Britain’s ugliest said the council wanted to demolish it but they liked it there.

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In the same month, residents criticized a housing association that said their home had been left looking like a “bomb spot” for months.

Elsewhere, locals may be forced to leave because the housing association wants to demolish them but residents are reluctant to leave.

Iris lives between the scaffolding and the window on the grounds


Iris lives between the scaffolding and the window on the groundsCredit: Welsh Media

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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