Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Who is the Bad Neighbour?

Yesterday I received a letter from the Environmental Health section of the council telling me that a council patrol car saw the mess in the driveway that I share with the neighbours and they have given us 7 days to clear the mess or else!! Let me take you back about 3 months to the beginning of this problem: when the father of the lady living next door to us died in Somalia, our neighbours held 3aza (where people come to pay their respects) in their house, many people turned up and being Somali and having bad habits just like many middle eastern/African people, they decided that they must feed everybody rice and meat and so on, of course their small kitchen could not cope with all those people so they decided to turn their garage and the driveway we share into a kitchen, for about 1 week huge quantities of food were cooked there, many of their visitors children that could not fit in the house ended up in the driveway and our front garden, they broke the gate leading to the driveway they littered our place and made it very messy but still after all that we did not complain as we did not want to upset them because they are our neighbours and they suffered a death, soon after that the drain that both houses share got blocked and that was because all the left over rice was dumped in there, for a period of about 1 week the drive way was swimming in sewage and YES you guessed it! they did not do anything about it even though we complained continuously, eventually they brought someone to unblock it and they had the nerve to ask us to pay half the unblocking fee! we paid £50 again because we wanted to stay as nice neighbours, after the 3aza was over and everyone went home, they left a pile of rubbish in the driveway including huge cans of oil, plastic & glass bottles and cardboard, the place 3 months later is still the same, filthy, we have complained to them many times on daily bases, we told them that we stopped our children from playing there because of the risk of catching something or injury, of course every time we talk to them they promise us that they will clear it but they never did and it doesn't seem that it is bothering them at all.

Of course now the council has sent the letter to us asking us to clear the mess, we showed the neighbours this letter, their response was that they did not get a letter, to me this meant the neighbours are saying that it is our problem and we have to deal with it and that is exactly what I am doing now, I have contacted the council officially told them about the circumstances behind this rubbish and how the neighbours are 100% responsible for this mess, I decided no more nice neighbour, I had enough of bloody promises that never get fulfilled, I had enough of keeping my children away from the driveway which they can enjoy especially with their new Heelys.

I never wanted it to come to this but I have put up with them for many years, their kids jumped once in our garden and I saw them with my own eyes ripping the small bouncy castle we had, one of their kids once broke my car's aerial, I told the mother, nothing! no response!, they park their car and block the driveway even though it is shared and big enough for both cars, the list goes on and on....

Update: 18/04/2007

As from yesterday evening, the driveway has been cleaned and hosed down and all the rubbish removed by the neighbours, was it the letter I showed them or was it because the council contacted them? I have no idea but I am glad its done.

40 comments:

mani said...

la hawla wala qowwata Illa Billah..

reminds of Libya..

but seriously Anglo, get tough man.. I gotta say the influx of Somali's as refugess in to this country has created serious problems, even in Birmingham were now entire areas are overrun with inter-ethnic somali gang warfare... its not only brought a lot of fitlh and apathy but crime and danger too...

rabbee y3enek ya Anglo

salam

a_akak said...

With us Arabs (especially libyans) we seem to be too courteous and we forget that these dam people sometime take advantage of this good will nature so anglo "its warfare" and now the good libyan street habits come in hand :)

PS: if you need any help let me know

Anglo Libyan said...

Thank you mani, Ameen to that :o)

a_akak, we did it their way, now its Libyan way and thank you for the offer :o)

Lebeeya said...

thats just wrong! i object!

I am really sorry about your neighbours. When you are too nice to ungrateful people, they take advantage of it. I am glad you are gonna start giving them el 3ein el 7amra! Show them what being a Libyan means :P

life's cycle said...

لا حول و لا قوه الا بالله
let me ask u something , where are they from ?? is ther these kind of neighbour over ther .
u really must take an action with them and do something , even losing them but for ur right .
do not be mercy okay .

Anglo Libyan said...

lebeeya is here

LEBEEYA IS HERE, can you all hear me? :o)
dear lebeeya, you have been missed by all (this I can confirm) really good to have you back and thank you for your support.

life's cycle, my neighbours are Somalis, I am already doing something, inshaAllah I will make them clear that mess very soon.

weldemdina said...

Talking about neighbors from hell, I am surprised that you didn’t report this matter to the council from the start, now the buck stopped at you your side, 3 months is along time to be facing with this rubbish outside your house. I noticed in general a lot of third world residents they tend to bring their bad habits with them and that is including Libyans by the way, they forget that they are in a western country which has laws that protect every individual and a good example is ASBO ( Anti Social Behavior Order ) which is your case classified under it, and regarding the drains your council is responsible to the part which is outside your gate, I had once a problem with the drains and I found out that the leaves of the trees outside my house were blocking it and I had to convince the official to come and check it and at the end they send someone to clean the drains including my house.

Anglo Libyan said...

Thank you weldemdina, I was far too patient with these people I agree.
I do know about the drains, the council explained it to me, in this case the rice was put in the drain from the inside thats why we had to pay for it.

incidently, did you read about the 81 year old neighbour from hell with an ASBO ?
funnily enough it was on BBC online today, read it Here

ibeebarbie said...

AngloLibyan,

Truly I can hear the frustration in your posting. I have to wonder if a part of the frustration doesn’t lie within you, and not necessarily with the actions of the Somalians. Stay with me a second! Is it possible, that an injustice or wrongdoing has been going on, and in part lies within you? Please note in no way do to I defend the actions of others that create health hazards or any other kind of hazard that may cause harm to another human being. However, I wonder if a part of your frustration steams from going against your better nature by keeping silent? For you appear to be an honest, forthright, moral standing individual trying to instill values of respect and compliance with the law to your children through your own words and actions, and wonder if there might be a feeling of hypocrisy from keeping silent for so long. I certainly understand your frustration, commend your politeness towards the situation, and somehow know you will handle it with respect even if the Libyan inside of you in burning. :-)
P.S. I have to wonder also if you are a Leo.

weldemdina said...

Thanks for the Link Anglo, I did actually got across of that story yesterday on the radio while Iwas driving home from work , and I wondered if she would make it at the court or she will snub everyone and ignore the order, and I am glad with the ruling as she deserve it. I actually had a similar experience , I had someone living next door to me who was a racist and shouting abuses and racist remarks in the middle of the night and that’s after a long drinking sessions with his pals, and kept doing this for few weeks and during the day he acts as if nothing happened and all smiles etc.. then one night I had enough and called the police who came round 3am and stood listening to him with all his colorful abuses and insults and the next thing a police van arrived with the police force and their dogs and knocked the door down and took him away handcuffed, next day appeared at the court and was given a restriction order not to get closer to our street and a week later was evicted from the house that he was renting and that’s the end of him, thank allah.

DaMoon said...

3leek 7ala o khalas....3 months is a hell of a long time, I wouldn't wait that long trust me..lol but it's about time u put ur foot down, and we'r with u all da way :o)

mani said...

wow.. Alex.. that was.. enlightening..

Anglo Libyan said...

Thank you ibeebarbie and I suppose you are right in a way.
I am a Sagittarius :o)

thanks weldemdina for sharing your story and I am glad it worked well at the end for you and your family.


3aleek 7ala ya Damoon, I always like your Libyan Trade Mark :o)

sorry mani, Alex's comment had to go, I am not going to help him sell his medications :o)
looks like I have to turn on word verification again!

Lebeeya said...

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

Death to the word verification!!

Thanks for the nice comment about me. It made me happy :)

Lebeeya said...

As from yesterday evening, the driveway has been cleaned and hosed down and all the rubbish removed by the neighbours, was it the letter I showed them or was it because the council contacted them? I have no idea but I am glad its done

Maybe its cuz they read your post and the comments and feared a bloggers attack on them!!!!

i have a habit of showing my actions online
*Lebeeya kills the Somali family*

see?

white african said...

oh no anglo, thats really frustrating,

wouldnt it be so cool if we could choose our neighbours?

Anglo Libyan said...

hehehehe Lebeeya :o)
you must have scared them, maybe the Libyan rage scared them.

Anglo Libyan said...

whiteafrican we posted a comment at the same time :o)

if we can choose our neighbours, I will choose all of you, my favourite bloggers :o)
wouldnt that be good... sigh

MaySoon said...

FINALLY... well I read the post and update at the same time :o)

mani said...

salam all, yeah Anglo alhamdulillah thats great now u can breath.. literally...

yeah don't do word verification man its annoying..

choosing our own neighbours.. ya reet.. but its good we dont :) trust me....

DaMoon said...

bahi mubarik, ...nas ma temsheesh ella besheekheet, khzi..lol

Anglo Libyan said...

thanks Maysoon, you caught 2 birds with 1 stone :o)

mani, I will keep off word verification for a bit hoping no more adverts.

lol@khzi :o)
thanks Damoon.

ibeebarbie said...

Salam,
Yippie! The kids are no longer imprisoned by rubbish. :-)

Anglo Libyan said...

Salam ibeebarbie
the kids can now go up and down the driveway with their Heelys :o)

Trabilsia said...

Cool post Anglo !

Now all Holy books speak of loving thy neighbour and to this we all agree upon.Ah , but yes we did say neighbour ?

neighbour = a person who lives near you (this is what we usually refer to)

But look at this :
Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus - Cite This Source
Main Entry: neighbor
Part of Speech: noun
Definition: resident
Synonyms: acquaintance, bystander, friend, homebody*, homegrown, nearby resident, next-door neighbor
Source: Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.3.1)
Copyright © 2007 by Lexico

WE do try to choose our friends why not our neighbours ?????? I am of the same idea Anglo to share and all , but at the end of the day it's a heavy price we pay for this good deed..........

Anglo Libyan said...

Trabilsia, so good to see you here.
thank you for this information, really good to know, no wonder our religion tells us to look after our neighbours.

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إعتقلت مرارا وتكرار و لست خائف إلا من الله ...و أمام الله سنلتقي لنسمع دافعكم عن انفسكم في حق هذه الارض


أخوكم ابن ليبيا

Anglo-Libyan said...

Dear ابن ليبيا
Thank you for your comment, this is really sad and unacceptable.
when are we going to be really proud of our country?
only Allah knows

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