Elderly residents left without TV for five days

Elderly residents left without TV for five days

By Gareth Dennison | 28/08/2020

Elderly residents left without TV for five days


ROTHERHAM Council apologised after 28 homes on an estate were left without a TV signal for five days.

The properties at Masbrough use a communal aerial, which suffered an electrical issue last Tuesday (18).

The residents — many of whom are elderly — were without telly until Saturday as RMBC worked to resolve the problem.

Former estate warden Barbara Gamston said: “With all this that’s going on, there’s older people on their own a lot more. Not everyone’s got Sky or Facebook, so they rely on the TV.

“This should be a priority, especially at a time like this. I just don’t think it’s fair.

“Some of them reported it to the council when it started last Tuesday. They came out on Wednesday and were supposed to have done it. But it didn’t work.

“They finally got their signal back at the weekend. I knew it would be to do with the communal aerial because I remember that from when I was the warden for the area.”

Tom Bell, the council’s assistant director for housing, said: “We’re aware that 28 homes in College Road, Winifred Street and Fisher Close lost television signal due to an electricity supply issue to the communal aerial.

“The power has been restored and the aerial is working again in these properties. We apologise for the disruption to residents' television coverage.”

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