Council had no idea Welwyn Garden City home blitzed by ITV1’s Grimefighters was so bad
A RUBBISH-STREWN home that was so bad it featured on ITV1’s Grimefighters show is owned by Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust.
But Welwyn Hatfield Council insisted it had no idea the condition of the home was so bad.
The authority launched an urgent probe after the shocking state of the residence, in Nettlecroft, Welwyn Garden City, came to light in the March 1 broadcast.
The programme saw gas mask-clad ‘extreme cleaners’ blitz the flat, which was seen filled with endless cigarette ends, an unusable dirty toilet, waist-high piles of trash, bags of faeces and coffee jars full of urine.
A council spokeswoman told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “It [the home] was let in 1989 to a tenant who died in hospital in September 2010.
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“There were no obvious indications to staff at the trust, or neighbours, that parts of the property were in such poor condition.
“We always ensure that any necessary work is carried out to empty properties to ensure they meet an acceptable standard before being re-let.”
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She added: “Welwyn Hatfield Community Housing Trust had no involvement in the filming of Grimefighters.”