ANGRY residents have formed a tenants association in a bid to allay fears that Pankhurst House could become a 'sink estate'.
People living in the flats, in Du Cane Road, Hammersmith, have been complaining to landlords Circle Trust 33 for years about rat infestations, faulty streetlights and speeding traffic.
But with nothing being done to fix the problem, residents have rallied together in a bid to get the long-standing problems fixed.
Phillipa Kelly, chairman of the association, said: "Circle 33 simply treat us like dirt and we are fed up with it. We have had so many problems down here that something needs to be done or else we will end up like a sink estate."
Entrance to the flats is operated by a one-way system in and out of the estate but Mrs Kelly said cars regularly flaunt these rules.
She said: "We have asked Circle 33 to make it clear to drivers that they can only go one way. It is not so much the residents but the people who may be lost and see the estate as a perfect way to turn around.
"In the end they did put signs down but only on half the road. It is a joke. We also counted the streetlights and more than 60 per cent of them don't work. It is just ridiculous."
Circle 33 have insisted on housing the communal bins by the building entrances which the tenants claim have caused a rat infestation.
Mrs Kelly said: "With no streetlights and plenty of food we have rats running all over the place. There is no point putting poison down because there is so much food here that they won't eat it so we want Circle 33 to find another pest control method."
A spokesperson for Circle 33 Housing Trust said: “We are totally committed to resolving these issues and the health and safety of our residents is really important to us. Since we put the new traffic calming measures in place, we have only had positive feedback from residents, so we will be addressing these concerns directly with the residents association.
“In terms of the street lighting this is an absolute priority for us and we will be fixing this as soon as possible.
“We are aware of the rodent issue and immediately arranged for the site to be treated and rat poison traps have been placed within all the bin store areas. Our team has been in contact with the Council’s environmental health team to find a solution; the measures that we have currently put in place are in line with the recommended approach for controlling rodents.”