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Life in Lansdowne

Bristol City Council’s housing waiting list is overwhelmed. Some tenants who desperately need a change of property are simply having to make do with accommodation that’s not fit for purpose, and in the worst cases, completely unsafe. 

Life in Lansdowne is an investigative series that sheds light on the issues facing residents of one of the local authority’s tower blocks: Lansdowne Court in Easton. In the context of a wider housing crisis, and the council’s ambition of becoming a so-called ‘high-rise city’, these stories give a voice to people who feel let down by the social housing system.

The tower block’s council tenants – mainly families, many with young children –  have spoken out about crime and poor living conditions in the building, and being ignored by authorities. Their serious concerns were heightened in April when a young woman tragically plunged to her death from the 13th floor, sparking a murder investigation.

Life in Lansdowne

Revealed: Catalogue of police failings before Shannon Beirne fell to her death

In the second instalment of this special Cable investigation, we reveal a series of missed opportunities by officers who had contact with the 25-year-old two hours before she died

After the fall: a death at Lansdowne Court

Life in Lansdowne: Calls for change from the scene of a tragedy

Life in Lansdowne

‘He should have been removed long ago’

A man who exposed his genitals to women and children in a residential tower block continues to live among his victims.

Life in Lansdowne

‘Lansdowne isn’t safe for my boys, but the other options are just as bad’

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