Inside the feuding housing estate where raging OAPs all hate each other as locals say: 'we're too old for this' | The Sun

NEIGHBOURS living on a feuding housing estate revealed how they are fed up of raging OAPs who all HATE each other.

Elderly residents have been slapped with sharp letters from cops warning them to stop harassing and threatening each other.


Some have claimed waring residents – who live in the 56-flat complex for over 55s in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire – "spit on each other" and have threatened neighbours with brooms.

Other exhausted residents have urged the anger-fuelled few to stop, exclaiming: "We shouldn't be squabbling at our age. We should live in peace."

Dad-of-five Donald Poole, 81, has received a letter from cops, telling him his behaviour is "having a detrimental  impact" on others' lives.

Army veteran Donald blasted the letter and said: "We’re not a bunch of teenage yobs but respectable elderly people but we’re being treated like criminals. It’s ridiculous."

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He accused neighbours of "conspiring against him" after he complained they were making too much noise.

"We are all tenants living together in separate flats and but with shared gardens and laundry facilities.

"We should all stick together but it seems I have made a few enemies out there and it has led to the police becoming involved and a a few of us are being accused of anti social behaviour.

"I mean, it is ridiculous, what is the world coming to when you have a little moan about something in your community and you are condemned for it when across the Europe a real life war is being played out.

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"It's madness here."

Donald moved into his flat in the complex four-and-a-half years ago.

He nursed his invalid wife Barbara – who passed away aged 77 in 2020 -and lived peacefully until the start of this year.

It was then that Donald claims residents accused him of "putting bleach" in the washing machines at their shared laundry room.

“It seems so petty but cross words and accusations between us all  led to the woman raising a broom at me, she was holding her long handled brush up at my face and threatened me," he claims.

"If something is wrong I like to get it put right.

"I don’t want to cause a problem for any of my neighbours but wrongdoing needs to be accounted for."

Other residents said they knew about Donald's rows.

One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: "It is a lovely to place to live and so quiet and friendly, but I understand a few tenants have been making life difficult for some others.

"It is such a pity, we’re all pensioners or nearly there, and we shouldn't be squabbling at our age. We should live in peace.

It is such a pity, we’re all pensioners or nearly there, and we shouldn't be squabbling at our age. We should live in peace.

Another neighbour added: "I am aware there have been a few issues concerning him and Janet and two other residents.

"They are justified in making complaints but I don't want to get involved."

"It is a lovely peaceful place to live – well, it was until all this blew up.

"Some people are more vocal than others, and that is their right, and in my opinion management have not being dealing with their complaints adequately.

"There has been issues and clashes of personalities but I don't want to get drawn into it. I’m keeping out of their business."

Donald – a grandad of 18 and great grandad of three – admitted he received a letter from the police warning him about his behaviour.

It accuses him of "causing harassment, alarm and distress" to another resident.

"You are to refrain from using any offensive or threatening worlds or approaching [the resident] or her address.

"Your conduct is having a detrimental impact on the quality of lives of others in the locality and is unreasonable," it adds.

Donald's pal Janet Astle, 84, said she has also received a letter.

The area's onsite housing manager insisted: "This is a really nice development and there are no noise issues as far as we are concerned.

"But some complaints have been made by one or two of tenants which we are not at liability to go into."

A spokesperson for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association said: “Everybody rightly expects to be able to live comfortably and peacefully in their home. 

"That is why our colleagues have been liaising with Mr. Poole and other residents to try to resolve the situation. 

"We are also working alongside the environmental health team of Rushcliffe Borough Council to further assess and investigate the noise complaints which have been made. 

"We understand how difficult it is for anyone who finds their home life disturbed by excess noise or similar disruption. 

"We will continue to work with the residents involved and the relevant authorities to reach a satisfactory conclusion.” 


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