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Compare it to the ground: Families call for ‘Britain’s worst place’ shipping container complex to be demolished as final residents move out of ‘hellhole’ slum


The last residents of two shipping container housing estates branded ‘the worst place to live in Britain’ are finally leaving – amid calls to raze them ‘once and for all’.

Those who once lived in «hell holes» in Acton and Ealing, west London, have called for a public inquiry and compensation for the «hardships» they faced there.

Ealing Council is now decommissioning two shipping container estates called Meath Court and Marston Court.

Residents of Meath Court in Acton said living there was like a ‘Third World cesspool’ which was rife with serious crime, severe hygiene problems and feared they would be murdered while waiting for a new home.

They had hoped to move out of the flats by the end of last year, but had to wait months before finally getting a fresh start.

It is understood there is only one resident left who is set to leave soon.

One woman, who lived there with her children for several months after escaping domestic abuse, told MailOnline: ‘It was horrible. Leaving is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Meath Court in Acton, where residents claim it is the ‘worst place to live in Britain’

Rusting shipping containers built by council as 'emergency accommodation'

Rusting container homes built by council as ‘emergency accommodation’

Those who once lived in the two slum housing estates demanded a public inquiry and compensation for the

Those who once lived in the two slum housing estates demanded a public inquiry and compensation for the «hardships» they faced there.

She added: “It was appalling. My children are traumatized.

“I and others are considering our legal rights and thinking about compensation.

“When we lived there, we didn’t have the opportunity to do that because our loves were hell and unmanageable.

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«We lived in constant fear of being ambushed, robbed or assaulted. We couldn’t wash our clothes because drug users pooped in the laundry room.

«It smelled bad. Drug use and dealing was common. There was constant violence.

“You wouldn’t keep cows there, but they were happy to put victims of domestic violence and their children there.

“It’s disgusting.

Earlier this year, Ealing Labor council, which covers the area, said it was determined to get the families out, but terrified locals said they feared they could be murdered while they wait for a new home.

Other problems included prostitution, sexual assault, violence and robbery.

Another woman who lived in the house with her three children said: “My children have nightmares that they are always afraid.

“We are much safer now.

“Ealing Council needs to raze these two sites.

«There should be something productive there. Proper housing and not the shack where it was.

«It’s a disgrace to the council.

“They need to get off the ground.

“Councillors need a public inquiry to make sure no one else has to suffer like this again.

Another former resident said: «We are considering legal action.»

Residents say their mail has been stolen from mailboxes on the property

Residents say their mail has been stolen from mailboxes on the property

A broken window remained boarded up on one of the shipping containers

A broken window remained boarded up on one of the shipping containers

Locals compared life there to being in a

Locals compared life there to being in a «Third World pit»

Tenants are forced to live in cramped conditions inside living containers

Tenants are forced to live in cramped conditions inside living containers

Traumatized families trying to flee the ‘slum’ housing estate made of rusting shipping containers have previously branded it the ‘worst place to live in Britain’ and a ‘Third World cesspool’.

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A woman who lives there told MailOnline: ‘I’m scared I’m going to die here. This is the worst place to live in Britain. It’s like being in a third world country. I fear that I will be killed or my children will be killed.’

In August, we also revealed conditions at the Marston Court estate in neighboring Ealing, also run by the council, where tenants were so stressed they «wanted to kill themselves».

One drug dealer — nicknamed the «Pablo Escobar of Acton» by locals — with alleged ties to organized crime across the country, openly traded cocaine and heroin on the property, locals said.

Even security guards employed to deal with crime are «constantly harassed» and work in fear of attacks.

The Meath Court estate had 60 shipping container homes and many of them have families with up to eight people living in them despite only having two bedrooms.

In one case, three children lived in one bedroom, which is only two meters wide and five meters long.

Last month, one man who lived on the estate said: “It’s an undignified end to an undignified period of my life to have had to live here. I have nowhere else to go. It’s shameful.

«Communication was terrible. I got an eviction notice but I have nowhere to go. I’m not sure what will happen. It’s scary.

“But I’d rather sleep rough on a park bench than have to put up with Ealing Council again.

The tenants claimed that human excrement is often found around the bins on the property

The tenants claimed that human excrement is often found around the bins on the property

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The estate has 60 container homes and many of them have families of up to eight people

The estate has 60 container homes and many of them have families of up to eight people

A spokesman for Ealing Council said: “There has been a long chronic shortage of affordable housing in Ealing. But the system is now under extreme pressure, with an unprecedented number of local households having no choice but to turn to us for help in an emergency because they are at imminent risk of homelessness.

“In recent years we have seen a seismic shift in the availability of affordable accommodation in our borough, with private rents almost doubling in some areas since 2018.

“With landlords and B&B owners leaving the market, there are significantly fewer options available.

“The cost of living crisis and high interest rates are among several factors that have led to the large increase in homelessness we are seeing.

“The modular homes at Meath and Marston Courts were the council’s attempt to find an innovative solution to the affordable housing crisis.

«We are decommissioning both locations directly due to concerns about the quality of accommodation.

“Now we have moved almost all the residents. Of the five remaining tenants, three will move into new accommodation this week, while the remaining two are awaiting eviction.”



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