Southwark in London is one of the biggest social landlords in the country. Through the eyes of frontline council workers and residents, this series follows the many varied stories concerning a basic universal need: a roof over our heads and a place to call home. Housing officer Janet is tackling her tenants’ biggest bugbear: fly tipping. Across the estate that she manages, Janet finds everything from mattresses to three-piece suites dumped on the roadside. Meanwhile, pest controller Andy is confronted with a fly tip on an extraordinary scale: 40 tonnes of junk dumped on council land that was cleared for building new homes. Last year it cost Southwark Council, and ultimately its residents, £1.7 million to clean up. Meanwhile, on one of Europe’s biggest housing estates – the Aylesbury – it’s all change. After years of discomfort for residents, the ageing estate is planned for demolition, which means 10,000 residents will move to new homes. It’s acquisitions officer Mel’s job to help them do so. But for homeowners John and Shirley, leaving their family home of almost 50 years is heartbreaking. Life is also changing for scholar Anthony. His life’s work, a biography of the moon, is nearing completion and he’s agreed to clear some of the books cluttering his home. Currently books are stacked up to the rafters and the council’s hoarding manager, Laurna, is hoping to persuade Anthony to move some of his possessions into a rented garage space. Even with the removal men’s help, will Anthony be able to part with thousands of books?
Council House Britain (Ep3) – Thursday 9pm on Channel 4