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Married Quarters (MQ) Residents

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in UK Armed Forces MoneySaving
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  • marywbmarywb Forumite
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    Hi, not sure if this is the right place, and to be honest not really money saving. Anyway to cut along story short........moved to Helensbugh (Faslane) in 2007 to awful 90% empty estate suffered alot with the local wildlife shall we say (bricks through windows, petrol outside door and cars, fencing kicked down, knocking on door and running away, bins set on fire etc) anyway after begging letters, with photos and so one DHE wouldnt move us to the other estate even though there where many empty houses there and every week I went round to told them......to be told a load of crap in return.......so we used LSAP and brought any house we could afford (which isnt really fit to live in, which we didnt relise at the time) anyway in Aug we got our move atleast (we found being somewhat forcefull helped) and now are happy. Still own a house 9 miles away but the living in the MQ has been cleared due to its state. this yr of paying rent+ mortgage is nearly making us bankrupt but we are struggling on and its not selling!

    Anyway we are moving to Plymouth next year and woundered if anyone could give us a heads up of the houses and areas? as we dont want any of the above problems.

    for my 2 pence worth - DHE are a complete waste of space and I echo my housing officers (move in out guy who is lovely) view that they are disgraceful and couldnt care less & he said many of the girls are ex armed forces wives so its even worse.

    On the + side whenever I have had to call out for repairs they have been carryed out well - execpt for fencing which was done so badly.

    Looking froward to moving to Plymouth from Faslane, just worried about the housing, after fighting so hard to move to lower churchill we now have to leave!!!

    xxx

    I guess with there being a few estates around the Plymouth area it all depends on what your needs are as to the best place e.g. do you want good primary/secondary schools, shops nearby, good transport links etc. I am also not sure what the situation is with regards to availability of quarters in the different estates so would suggest you contact the Plymouth HIVE for more information Email: [EMAIL="plymouth@hivegb.co.uk"][email protected][/EMAIL]
    Tel: 01752 557454. Good luck and you will love Plymouth as everything is on your doorstep - no trudging up to Clydebank for the nearest cinema or to Glasgow for decent shops!
  • Plymouth is nice (am there now!). Not sure what type of quarters you'll be getting but I know quite a few people in Hunter Close, Crownhill. Good size houses (small v sloping gardens mind) and is a good area with local shops, nearby primary schools and an active RN family centre practically on your doorstep. City centre easy reach by lots of buses and there is a cinema and new shopping centre plus 2/3 dept stores as well AND fabulous Dartmoor v close by. The RN community is pretty solid round here too with lots of FAFDU events &c.

    Been in Plymouth 6 years now so can't remember where all the locations are but if you let me know what they're offering I can ask about? Haven't heard of any really rubbish estates but will ask about that too to be on the safe side!
  • Just a quickie and hope this is the right place to post it! I have just moved into a MQ and noticed that the one next door which is empty is being prepped for new occupants who apparently move in today. There were two nicely stained and looked after sheds in the garden, one of which I have to say was more like a summerhouse. Anyway last Friday evening the MQ lady came round and dismantled it with some bloke. Then on the Saturday morning she re-appeared in a car followed by two blokes in a car and a trailer who promptly removed the dismantled shed and the paving slabs which formed its base.
    All the houses in my street seem to have one shed so might it be that the previous occupants put it there at their expense and then just left it and it has been sold. Just wondering if anyone has come across something like this before?
  • EmmEveEmmEve Forumite
    260 posts
    if previous occupants left it DE will probably have removed it as they won't want the responsibility of its maintenance. Although i expect the previous occupants would have been charged for leaving it behind.
  • I have recently moved into this quater and notice the colder the weather is getting the worst my damp is in the kids bedrooms.
    The last house that did this and complained and all they did was come out and paint over the damp. Then a couple of days later it reappeared.
    My kids have asthma and this can make there health worse, Is there any other way I can get this solved.
    PLease help
    :xmastree: karen :A
  • spike7451spike7451 Forumite
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    Disney2007 wrote: »
    I have recently moved into this quater and notice the colder the weather is getting the worst my damp is in the kids bedrooms.
    The last house that did this and complained and all they did was come out and paint over the damp. Then a couple of days later it reappeared.
    My kids have asthma and this can make there health worse, Is there any other way I can get this solved.
    PLease help

    Where are you located?
  • colchester
    :xmastree: karen :A
  • spike7451spike7451 Forumite
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    Disney2007 wrote: »
    colchester


    You might find this threads useful.

    http://www.arrse.co.uk/Forums/viewtopic/t=63202/highlight=colchester.html

    Best bet start a thread in there as someone will be able to help.I'd go & see the MO & see about getting moved on health grounds.
  • EmmEveEmmEve Forumite
    260 posts
    You could ask MHS/DE to sort the problem properly but i wouldn't fancy your chances on this as its probably a huge issue they won't want to spend money on!

    You could ask to move but might be worth while finding out if its a problem in all of the houses?

    If you choose to move i would apply to move for welfare/health reasons. A letter from your GP would back you up fantastically so might be worth asking if they would write you one stating your children have asthma and how the mould effects it and why you need it sorting out. Apply to DE with your letter and see what happens. Might be worth approaching your unit Welfare Officer to see if they can help as well.

    If they (DE) are not willing you could try approaching the Army Welfare Service (AWS) who i have found to be fantastic in the past. Or seek advice from the Army Families Federation (AFF).
  • My fiancee applied for Married Quarters 4 months ago and I rung today to be told she is 2nd on the list and may not meet our wedding day.
    If we dont have a property before our wedding day what options are availble to us?

    Thank You
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