Norton Fitzwarren fire victim's plea for help after 'council told him he can still live in flat'

Somerset County Gazette: Tyrone Meigh - told he can live in the flat even though it has been badly damaged by smoke. Tyrone Meigh - told he can live in the flat even though it has been badly damaged by smoke.

TYRONE Meigh claims he is being forced to live in his smoke-blackened council flat in Norton Fitzwarren following a fire on New Year’s Day.

He says that he has nowhere else to go after the council, which put him up in temporary accommodation for a fortnight following the blaze, told him it is his responsibility to clean it.

“My furniture’s all ruined, the walls are black with smoke and I can’t stop coughing in the flat,” said Mr Meigh, 38, who was re-housed by the council in a hostel until this week.

“The council says it’s up to me to clean the flat and get rid of the furniture.

“I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do that.

“My nephew said I could stay with him for a couple of days, but I don’t want to impose, so I’m sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag.

“The whole place is smoke damaged and my neighbours say the flat’s not fit for anyone to live in.

“I’m unemployed so I can’t afford to pay for any work and to hire a skip.”

Mr Meigh discovered smoke billowing from his flat in Dabinett Close after he returned from the shops late on New Year’s Day.

He was treated in hospital for the effects of smoke inhalation.

A Taunton Deane Council spokeswoman said she was unable to discuss individual cases.

She said: “In cases of a fire affecting a home owned by the council, we will do all we can do help a tenant back into the property once it is safe to do so.

“Temporary accommodation is arranged if the property is not habitable.”

She said the tenant can clean up cosmetic damage such as smoke residue, or pay the council to do it for them.

Tenants, who are free to end their tenancy if they wish, are encouraged to take out home and contents insurance.

She added: “The council only insures the structure and fixtures in the building.

“Details of ‘pay-as-you-go’ insurance are available so tenants can safeguard their possessions at an affordable cost.”

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9:12am Mon 20 Jan 14

teresa36 says...

Elbow greese,buckets of hot soapy water will clean the walls etc. Best call on friends and familyto support you untill on your feet again..thats what family and friends are for.
The council have done what they stated in your terms and agreement....you would of signef it. Stop looking for someone else to do you the job.
Elbow greese,buckets of hot soapy water will clean the walls etc. Best call on friends and familyto support you untill on your feet again..thats what family and friends are for. The council have done what they stated in your terms and agreement....you would of signef it. Stop looking for someone else to do you the job. teresa36
  • Score: -3

9:35am Mon 20 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

Assuming the council didnt cause fire, ie faulty wiring why should they clean up?

Get off your bottom and do it yoruself this is why people like him are unemployable no motivation or get and up and go. Just sit on your bum and expect everyone else to do it for you.
Assuming the council didnt cause fire, ie faulty wiring why should they clean up? Get off your bottom and do it yoruself this is why people like him are unemployable no motivation or get and up and go. Just sit on your bum and expect everyone else to do it for you. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -9

9:47am Mon 20 Jan 14

bassoonman says...

I think he has plenty of time on his hands to clean the mess up, I have no pity on him. As has been stated why should the council clean up the mess he created. Its people like him which is causing a strain on the public purse. To dam lazy to even look after himself. From looking at this photo a bit of soap and water is all that is needed. Quick coat of paint and there you have it.

My message to him is get up opt your backside and start doing something for your self and don't rely on other people to do your dirty work.
I think he has plenty of time on his hands to clean the mess up, I have no pity on him. As has been stated why should the council clean up the mess he created. Its people like him which is causing a strain on the public purse. To dam lazy to even look after himself. From looking at this photo a bit of soap and water is all that is needed. Quick coat of paint and there you have it. My message to him is get up opt your backside and start doing something for your self and don't rely on other people to do your dirty work. bassoonman
  • Score: -9

10:26am Mon 20 Jan 14

Reaping the Whirlwind says...

A horrific state to live in. It is bad when this happens accidentally, worse when the cause was deliberate arson. Try googling "Plant hire boss jailed for arson attacks" to read of such crimes. How do these criminals work?. How do they get away with it?. Sometimes they are involved in serious organised crime, which of course pays large sums of cash profit. The money has to be laundered or hidden. Occasionally, if one of the criminals is caught, they may use a large cash sum to try and bribe their way out of trouble. Sometimes this succeeds, sometimes it fails.
A horrific state to live in. It is bad when this happens accidentally, worse when the cause was deliberate arson. Try googling "Plant hire boss jailed for arson attacks" to read of such crimes. How do these criminals work?. How do they get away with it?. Sometimes they are involved in serious organised crime, which of course pays large sums of cash profit. The money has to be laundered or hidden. Occasionally, if one of the criminals is caught, they may use a large cash sum to try and bribe their way out of trouble. Sometimes this succeeds, sometimes it fails. Reaping the Whirlwind
  • Score: -16

10:47am Mon 20 Jan 14

andelain says...

No house insurance? Get off your butt mate and get started! Why should the taxpayer fund the clean up? Unfortunate to have had a fire, but its YOUR home and you should have insured your belongings.
No house insurance? Get off your butt mate and get started! Why should the taxpayer fund the clean up? Unfortunate to have had a fire, but its YOUR home and you should have insured your belongings. andelain
  • Score: 0

2:15pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

Fire on a sofa...... Not a wiring fault then! Usually a discarded cigarette butt or joint.
Fire on a sofa...... Not a wiring fault then! Usually a discarded cigarette butt or joint. Guy Smiley
  • Score: -1

3:28pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

He would be moaning if they have cleared up tip his belongings and sent him a bill!
He would be moaning if they have cleared up tip his belongings and sent him a bill! Mi_Coc
  • Score: -8

8:30pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Guy Smiley says...

......and unemployed.

So, here's an idea. Wake up before 7am like the rest of us, make yourself a cup of tea (not wait for TDBC to make it for you) - work all day with 30-mins to an hour for lunch and you could have that room not only cleared but decorated.

The fact he's lived there for so long with it looking like a crack-den just shows why he's unemployed. And pretty sure that cough has got nothing to do with the smoke from the fire!!
......and unemployed. So, here's an idea. Wake up before 7am like the rest of us, make yourself a cup of tea (not wait for TDBC to make it for you) - work all day with 30-mins to an hour for lunch and you could have that room not only cleared but decorated. The fact he's lived there for so long with it looking like a crack-den just shows why he's unemployed. And pretty sure that cough has got nothing to do with the smoke from the fire!! Guy Smiley
  • Score: -1

12:48pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Somerset:SocialistParty says...

Mi_Coc wrote:
Assuming the council didnt cause fire, ie faulty wiring why should they clean up?

Get off your bottom and do it yoruself this is why people like him are unemployable no motivation or get and up and go. Just sit on your bum and expect everyone else to do it for you.
I wonder if you take the same dim, jaundiced and judgemental view of corporate welfare and tax-dodging?

I expect you reserve your vitriol for those on benefits, because it's more difficult to act superior to those who have a better lot in life.

Perhaps you also adopted an entirely different and more sympathetic attitude and approach to the Queen's 'plight': when, back in 1992, she initially expected everyone else to pay the estimated £40-60 million for the necessary repair and restoration work, caused by the accidental fire in Windsor Castle; just ONE of her MANY council houses?!

Still... at least the 99% have a crumb of a comfort provided by the claim that.... "We're all in this together".... don't we?

Discuss.

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
[quote][p][bold]Mi_Coc[/bold] wrote: Assuming the council didnt cause fire, ie faulty wiring why should they clean up? Get off your bottom and do it yoruself this is why people like him are unemployable no motivation or get and up and go. Just sit on your bum and expect everyone else to do it for you.[/p][/quote]I wonder if you take the same dim, jaundiced and judgemental view of corporate welfare and tax-dodging? I expect you reserve your vitriol for those on benefits, because it's more difficult to act superior to those who have a better lot in life. Perhaps you also adopted an entirely different and more sympathetic attitude and approach to the Queen's 'plight': when, back in 1992, she initially expected everyone else to pay the estimated £40-60 million for the necessary repair and restoration work, caused by the accidental fire in Windsor Castle; just ONE of her MANY council houses?! Still... at least the 99% have a crumb of a comfort provided by the claim that.... "We're all in this together".... don't we? Discuss. www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset:SocialistParty
  • Score: 2

12:50pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Somerset:SocialistParty says...

bassoonman wrote:
I think he has plenty of time on his hands to clean the mess up, I have no pity on him. As has been stated why should the council clean up the mess he created. Its people like him which is causing a strain on the public purse. To dam lazy to even look after himself. From looking at this photo a bit of soap and water is all that is needed. Quick coat of paint and there you have it.

My message to him is get up opt your backside and start doing something for your self and don't rely on other people to do your dirty work.
I wonder if you take the same dim, jaundiced and judgemental view of corporate welfare and tax-dodging?

I expect you reserve your vitriol for those on benefits, because it's more difficult to act superior to those who have a better lot in life.

Perhaps you also adopted an entirely different and more sympathetic attitude and approach to the Queen's 'plight': when, back in 1992, she initially expected everyone else to pay the estimated £40-60 million for the necessary repair and restoration work, caused by the accidental fire in Windsor Castle; just ONE of her MANY council houses?!

Still... at least the 99% have a crumb of a comfort provided by the claim that.... "We're all in this together".... don't we?

Discuss.

www.socialistparty.o

rg.uk
[quote][p][bold]bassoonman[/bold] wrote: I think he has plenty of time on his hands to clean the mess up, I have no pity on him. As has been stated why should the council clean up the mess he created. Its people like him which is causing a strain on the public purse. To dam lazy to even look after himself. From looking at this photo a bit of soap and water is all that is needed. Quick coat of paint and there you have it. My message to him is get up opt your backside and start doing something for your self and don't rely on other people to do your dirty work.[/p][/quote]I wonder if you take the same dim, jaundiced and judgemental view of corporate welfare and tax-dodging? I expect you reserve your vitriol for those on benefits, because it's more difficult to act superior to those who have a better lot in life. Perhaps you also adopted an entirely different and more sympathetic attitude and approach to the Queen's 'plight': when, back in 1992, she initially expected everyone else to pay the estimated £40-60 million for the necessary repair and restoration work, caused by the accidental fire in Windsor Castle; just ONE of her MANY council houses?! Still... at least the 99% have a crumb of a comfort provided by the claim that.... "We're all in this together".... don't we? Discuss. www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset:SocialistParty
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Somerset:SocialistParty says...

Guy Smiley wrote:
......and unemployed.

So, here's an idea. Wake up before 7am like the rest of us, make yourself a cup of tea (not wait for TDBC to make it for you) - work all day with 30-mins to an hour for lunch and you could have that room not only cleared but decorated.

The fact he's lived there for so long with it looking like a crack-den just shows why he's unemployed. And pretty sure that cough has got nothing to do with the smoke from the fire!!
I wonder if you take the same dim, jaundiced and judgemental view of corporate welfare and tax-dodging?

I expect you reserve your vitriol for those on benefits, because it's more difficult to act superior to those who have a better lot in life.

Perhaps you also adopted an entirely different and more sympathetic attitude and approach to the Queen's 'plight': when, back in 1992, she initially expected everyone else to pay the estimated £40-60 million for the necessary repair and restoration work, caused by the accidental fire in Windsor Castle; just ONE of her MANY council houses?!

Still... at least the 99% have a crumb of a comfort provided by the claim that.... "We're all in this together".... don't we?

Discuss.

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
[quote][p][bold]Guy Smiley[/bold] wrote: ......and unemployed. So, here's an idea. Wake up before 7am like the rest of us, make yourself a cup of tea (not wait for TDBC to make it for you) - work all day with 30-mins to an hour for lunch and you could have that room not only cleared but decorated. The fact he's lived there for so long with it looking like a crack-den just shows why he's unemployed. And pretty sure that cough has got nothing to do with the smoke from the fire!![/p][/quote]I wonder if you take the same dim, jaundiced and judgemental view of corporate welfare and tax-dodging? I expect you reserve your vitriol for those on benefits, because it's more difficult to act superior to those who have a better lot in life. Perhaps you also adopted an entirely different and more sympathetic attitude and approach to the Queen's 'plight': when, back in 1992, she initially expected everyone else to pay the estimated £40-60 million for the necessary repair and restoration work, caused by the accidental fire in Windsor Castle; just ONE of her MANY council houses?! Still... at least the 99% have a crumb of a comfort provided by the claim that.... "We're all in this together".... don't we? Discuss. www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset:SocialistParty
  • Score: 3

1:49pm Tue 21 Jan 14

souwesterly says...

So what would the Somerset Socialist Party suggest he does?
I suppose your view is that he should be given new decorations, new furniture and probably a new set of clothes too - not to mention a cash handout to 'see him over the trauma'.
Your lunatic attitude, not to mention knocking Mi_Coc, bassoonman and Guy Smiley (and me, no doubt!) is very Cleggian and very stupid as well.
The Queen comes under a slightly different heading to a layabout who sets fire to his settee. Windsor Castle is a historic treasure well worth supporting from the public purse - a bit of smoke damage to a flat is not.

And where do "corporate welfare and tax-dodging" come into this issue?
Soap-boxing, aren't you. Guess there's an election on the horizon.
Oh well - I know who I won't be supporting!!
So what would the Somerset Socialist Party suggest he does? I suppose your view is that he should be given new decorations, new furniture and probably a new set of clothes too - not to mention a cash handout to 'see him over the trauma'. Your lunatic attitude, not to mention knocking Mi_Coc, bassoonman and Guy Smiley (and me, no doubt!) is very Cleggian and very stupid as well. The Queen comes under a slightly different heading to a layabout who sets fire to his settee. Windsor Castle is a historic treasure well worth supporting from the public purse - a bit of smoke damage to a flat is not. And where do "corporate welfare and tax-dodging" come into this issue? Soap-boxing, aren't you. Guess there's an election on the horizon. Oh well - I know who I won't be supporting!! souwesterly
  • Score: -3

3:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

souwesterly wrote:
So what would the Somerset Socialist Party suggest he does? I suppose your view is that he should be given new decorations, new furniture and probably a new set of clothes too - not to mention a cash handout to 'see him over the trauma'. Your lunatic attitude, not to mention knocking Mi_Coc, bassoonman and Guy Smiley (and me, no doubt!) is very Cleggian and very stupid as well. The Queen comes under a slightly different heading to a layabout who sets fire to his settee. Windsor Castle is a historic treasure well worth supporting from the public purse - a bit of smoke damage to a flat is not. And where do "corporate welfare and tax-dodging" come into this issue? Soap-boxing, aren't you. Guess there's an election on the horizon. Oh well - I know who I won't be supporting!!
The royal fmaily alos generate revenue for the country in large amounts of tourism. This chap does not bring millions pounds of tourist to the country.


Its socialism makes me laugh you poo poo capalisim, the banks and the queen but endorse the the unions. The same unions throw £1k ahead parties for their big wigs and with union leaders paid in excess of £150k a year I think you could call it champayne socialism.
[quote][p][bold]souwesterly[/bold] wrote: So what would the Somerset Socialist Party suggest he does? I suppose your view is that he should be given new decorations, new furniture and probably a new set of clothes too - not to mention a cash handout to 'see him over the trauma'. Your lunatic attitude, not to mention knocking Mi_Coc, bassoonman and Guy Smiley (and me, no doubt!) is very Cleggian and very stupid as well. The Queen comes under a slightly different heading to a layabout who sets fire to his settee. Windsor Castle is a historic treasure well worth supporting from the public purse - a bit of smoke damage to a flat is not. And where do "corporate welfare and tax-dodging" come into this issue? Soap-boxing, aren't you. Guess there's an election on the horizon. Oh well - I know who I won't be supporting!![/p][/quote]The royal fmaily alos generate revenue for the country in large amounts of tourism. This chap does not bring millions pounds of tourist to the country. Its socialism makes me laugh you poo poo capalisim, the banks and the queen but endorse the the unions. The same unions throw £1k ahead parties for their big wigs and with union leaders paid in excess of £150k a year I think you could call it champayne socialism. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -10

9:58pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Dr Dave says...

Poor old unemployable Tyrone, are we supposed to feel sorry for him, rally round and give him support?? Not a chance! I really do wonder why the Gazette runs these anti-TDBC 'news' items - the same sort of 'story' where the man with the leaking washing machine........nothi
ng to do with the Deane!
Poor old unemployable Tyrone, are we supposed to feel sorry for him, rally round and give him support?? Not a chance! I really do wonder why the Gazette runs these anti-TDBC 'news' items - the same sort of 'story' where the man with the leaking washing machine........nothi ng to do with the Deane! Dr Dave
  • Score: -4

9:45am Wed 22 Jan 14

HeadNOTin The Clouds says...

What a load of unempathetic, unsympathetic, unkind, pompous, judgemental, short-sighted and downright nasty comments. How can you all smugly sit there and pass such negative comments about another person whom you have most probably never met? Perhaps this man has mental-health issues - help for which is woefully lacking in Taunton. Remember, 'there but for the grace of God go all of us'. I actually pity you. It can't be very nice to be in the 'place' that you so evidently are. As an afterthought, Royal family and the supposed revenue from tourism = urban myth trotted out time after time.
What a load of unempathetic, unsympathetic, unkind, pompous, judgemental, short-sighted and downright nasty comments. How can you all smugly sit there and pass such negative comments about another person whom you have most probably never met? Perhaps this man has mental-health issues - help for which is woefully lacking in Taunton. Remember, 'there but for the grace of God go all of us'. I actually pity you. It can't be very nice to be in the 'place' that you so evidently are. As an afterthought, Royal family and the supposed revenue from tourism = urban myth trotted out time after time. HeadNOTin The Clouds
  • Score: -13

12:06pm Wed 22 Jan 14

souwesterly says...

To HeadNOTin The Clouds
Granted that no-one likes to see anyone suffer but there’s a time and place to moan and a time and place to get up and do something to help yourself. If this guy has mental health issues he’s come to the wrong place – surely Social Services should be dealing with him. Since they apparently are not, it implies that he’s fine, mentally.
Therefore he should get up and fix his own problems.

“There but for the grace of God....” etc – why? I’ve been in a similar mess once and I fought my way out of it – I didn’t approach the press – I just got on with it, as most of us would do. So why should we be assumed to be suitable candidates for the same boat? Get up, bail it out and get paddling!

As for your obvious lack of support for the Royal Family – your urban myth is totally unproven.
Without them, nothing would be “Royal” – with the extra prestige that simple word brings. They don’t need to stand there and wave at people to produce tourist revenue – their very existence is good for many, many millions pounds of uncounted income.
Suppose you’d rather have the Labour Leader, whatever his name is, in at Buckingham Palace....think of all the people that would put off!
To HeadNOTin The Clouds Granted that no-one likes to see anyone suffer but there’s a time and place to moan and a time and place to get up and do something to help yourself. If this guy has mental health issues he’s come to the wrong place – surely Social Services should be dealing with him. Since they apparently are not, it implies that he’s fine, mentally. Therefore he should get up and fix his own problems. “There but for the grace of God....” etc – why? I’ve been in a similar mess once and I fought my way out of it – I didn’t approach the press – I just got on with it, as most of us would do. So why should we be assumed to be suitable candidates for the same boat? Get up, bail it out and get paddling! As for your obvious lack of support for the Royal Family – your urban myth is totally unproven. Without them, nothing would be “Royal” – with the extra prestige that simple word brings. They don’t need to stand there and wave at people to produce tourist revenue – their very existence is good for many, many millions pounds of uncounted income. Suppose you’d rather have the Labour Leader, whatever his name is, in at Buckingham Palace....think of all the people that would put off! souwesterly
  • Score: 8

1:09pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Gem64 says...

I suggest that HeadNOTin The Clouds and Somerset:SocialistPa
rty get they're kind hearted bottoms to Mr Meighs home, and clean it up for him, providing all the equipment and paint to, because me as a hard working, tax payer who just manages to pay my bills and feed myself, if given the choice would point blankly refuse to fund this clean up in any way. Mr Meigh is a local man with family (i know that for sure) and between them they should rally and sort this out for him, not TDBC and not the Tax Payer, I think this County has enough on its plate currently with the misery that the flooding has caused. Me Meigh there are plenty of charities who can help with cheap furniture and labour, you just need to put in the effort to locate them.
I suggest that HeadNOTin The Clouds and Somerset:SocialistPa rty get they're kind hearted bottoms to Mr Meighs home, and clean it up for him, providing all the equipment and paint to, because me as a hard working, tax payer who just manages to pay my bills and feed myself, if given the choice would point blankly refuse to fund this clean up in any way. Mr Meigh is a local man with family (i know that for sure) and between them they should rally and sort this out for him, not TDBC and not the Tax Payer, I think this County has enough on its plate currently with the misery that the flooding has caused. Me Meigh there are plenty of charities who can help with cheap furniture and labour, you just need to put in the effort to locate them. Gem64
  • Score: 10

3:17pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mi_Coc says...

HeadNOTin The Clouds wrote:
What a load of unempathetic, unsympathetic, unkind, pompous, judgemental, short-sighted and downright nasty comments. How can you all smugly sit there and pass such negative comments about another person whom you have most probably never met? Perhaps this man has mental-health issues - help for which is woefully lacking in Taunton. Remember, 'there but for the grace of God go all of us'. I actually pity you. It can't be very nice to be in the 'place' that you so evidently are. As an afterthought, Royal family and the supposed revenue from tourism = urban myth trotted out time after time.
The chap seems to have made no attempt to clear his own flat up I would say he completely lacks get and up and go.


I take it from your comments you will be helping the chap since you feel we are all miserable gits!

Its nice to talk about chairty but do you actually pratice what you preach?
[quote][p][bold]HeadNOTin The Clouds[/bold] wrote: What a load of unempathetic, unsympathetic, unkind, pompous, judgemental, short-sighted and downright nasty comments. How can you all smugly sit there and pass such negative comments about another person whom you have most probably never met? Perhaps this man has mental-health issues - help for which is woefully lacking in Taunton. Remember, 'there but for the grace of God go all of us'. I actually pity you. It can't be very nice to be in the 'place' that you so evidently are. As an afterthought, Royal family and the supposed revenue from tourism = urban myth trotted out time after time.[/p][/quote]The chap seems to have made no attempt to clear his own flat up I would say he completely lacks get and up and go. I take it from your comments you will be helping the chap since you feel we are all miserable gits! Its nice to talk about chairty but do you actually pratice what you preach? Mi_Coc
  • Score: 8

9:06pm Wed 22 Jan 14

FreeSpeech? says...

After starting to read the comments I was shocked to see why so many people had given negative feedback to very reasonable responses to the article, then I got down to the Socialist windbag and realised he's been up to his manipulating again.
So very sad and must surely do no favours both to himself and the commie wasters he represents.
After starting to read the comments I was shocked to see why so many people had given negative feedback to very reasonable responses to the article, then I got down to the Socialist windbag and realised he's been up to his manipulating again. So very sad and must surely do no favours both to himself and the commie wasters he represents. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 4

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