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Woman says persistent issues at St. Anthony seniors cottage needs to be dealt with


'Enough is enough'

ST. ANTHONY, N.L. – A St. Anthony woman is worried that issues at a seniors cottage are upsetting residents and possibly attracting rodents.

Cathy Campbell says a tenant at the McConnell Complex in St. Anthony is engaging in unruly activities, including throwing out garbage onto the complex’s lawn and parking their vehicle in an area that could block ambulances.

“This is absolutely ridiculous it’s gone so far,” said Campbell. “That (someone) can throw out garbage, ham bones, green peas, hot dinners, and throw it out onto the grass – it’s such a mess, it’s a complete mess.”

Upon request, the resident’s identity has been withheld from the story.

Campbell says after months of bringing these issues to the attention of Labrador Grenfell-Health staff to no avail, she hopes bringing the matter to the public will encourage change.
Campbell’s mother resides in the complex, and she says it’s very upsetting that the residents there have to live with these unresolved issues.

“This is a seniors cottage to spend the rest of their days in and to have to bypass that everyday – it should never be,” she said.

Campbell says the thrown out food often brings seagulls to the premises, and there are worries that it may be attracting rodents. She says a mousetrap was recently put out by a resident.
Jerry Young, director of operations with the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital says he spoke with the tenant in question on Wednesday, May 9 and believes that the problems will no longer continue.

“I’ve followed up with that tenant and I’m fairly confident that’s going to be the end of those issues,” said Young. “The tenant has been reminded of the rules and the situation has been dealt with.”

However, Campbell says the tenant has been spoken to on those matters on previous occasions and the problems have still persisted.

“I don’t want to be a trouble maker or a disturber but enough is enough,” Campbell said.

kyle.greenham@northernpen.ca

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