His next-door neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: "Since he has gone, my life has changed and I am now very happy."
Another neighbour added: "It was so loud all the time. We could all hear it. We're glad it's finished now."
Another neighbour of Mr Lea, who did not want to be named, said: "He was clearly not very well and excess alcohol was definitely a factor in his behaviour. Basically, the council got him that flat and they should have known what he was like before he came here."
The resident of more than a decade added: "It's a lot quieter neighbourhood now and he did upset the apple cart a bit, but he is obviously in need of help. He was a problem, but he is a great example of what the council move onto council estates."Yes. He is.
But then, they – the council bigwigs - don’t tend to live on those estates themselves, do they?
This just underlines how the quality of life on a council estate is very much down to the quality of the individuals living there - rather more so than such approved explanations as architectural layout.
How much better council housing would be if such hopeless eternal teenagers as Mr Lea were vetted in advance and excluded.
Spot on! They could raze it to the ground, rebuild it with palaces, and if they moved the same people back in, they'd still get a slum. Just a bigger one.
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