This website is in the course of construction.
Yesterday, Monday, February 10th 2014, I celebrated my 76th birthday and uploaded as much of this small website, www.gerryrice.net as I have built so far myself beginning a few weeks before Christmas 2013. I have nobody else to help me with my website work and I struggle to even type properly, as I used to, following my two strokes, but the content of this story must be taken up by somebody in authority somewhere - and soon.
I have even notified the following without reply and am even concerned that my emails/letters may have been interfered with by an "interested party"! So please contact the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by email: Send email and tell them about www.gerryrice.net
and please contact the United Nations Special Rapporteur on housing, Mme. Raquel Rolnik by email: Send email and tell her about www.gerryrice.net
Mme. Rolnik was in Northern Ireland recently in her official capacity.
Isn't it time for house-holders to reclaim their stolen Mortgage/Rent/Rates Payments and Property for being sold
Why do power-hungry people in Government in London and Belfast, in 26 local-Government Councils throughout Northern Ireland, in the Northern Ireland Law Society, in the legal profession and in the police, refuse to act to expose, and deal with, the massive house-building fraud which is condemning many thousands of families throughout Northern Ireland to live in dwellings whose load-bearing structures are built with THIS - instead of THIS as required by law, in a vile orchestrated institutional cover-up? This cruel fraud is causing householders and their children to live in danger, simply because three-quarters of the legally-required "thick solid material" in each load-bearing structure in every one of these defective dwellings is actually
While the focus of this website is solely concerned with my family's traumatic experiences following our purchase of 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, Northern Ireland in June 1976, my determined pursuit of justice in redressing the shocking defects in the construction of 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch, led me to obtain and study all the official and non-official documentation that I could get my hands on following my discovery of an obvious building fraud which quickly led me to Down District Council and the stark realisation that our almost new home was but the tip of a very big iceberg involving not only families living next door in our block of four terraced houses and throughout most of our housing estate in Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch, but which also involved families throughout our Down Council's own District and even far beyond throughout Northern Ireland! It has also caused me to comment in some detail about the structures of the other defective houses in my former closest neighbours' dwellings. Yet, nearly four decades on, the most relevant of this official documentation is still being denied to me by Down District Council, most recently even under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. See https://www.whatdotheyknow.com and type in "Down District Council" and then click on "Gerry Rice".
In this website however, you will be able to read in Down District Council's own written words from its Meeting Minutes from the five full Council Meetings at which my complaint was brought up and discussed - very briefly - how Down District Council set up, organised, aided, abetted and delivered the cover-up of this iceberg of, as yet, undisclosed proportions against not only my family but against at the very least, one thousand families within Down Council's own District, and then helped to spread this vile orchestrated institutinal cover-up of fraud as it affected Northern Ireland's other 25 Councils!
The chimney breast of one of these neighbouring houses just around the corner from 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch - in Millbrook Drive - actually exploded into one family's living room because it was built similar to this chimney breast in the party/dividing wall between No. 54 and No. 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch, Co. Down. This explosion was caused by a build-up of coal-gas inside the four large holes in each of the open-ended Terralux blocks and ignited by the hot fire just below. Terralux blocks are NOT a legal building material and should NEVER have been used. The building law, at the time these defective houses were built, specified "good thick solid bricks". All this cruel injustice, especially the actual theft of Mortgage, Rent and Rates payments for illegally-built property, is nothing short of
"The purpose of a Court in a civilized society is the vindication of men's rights and the enforcement of just causes" - Lord Denning.
Lawyers of Northern Ireland, be true to yourselves and do your legal and moral duty.
Ensure that every victim/citizen, including me, is enabled to get their case into a Court of Law and that they are empowered to exercise their legal rights within that Court of Law.
Refuse to be the enforcers of slavery as in this present case referred to in www.gerryrice.net and www.gerryrice.com
Stop being afraid of, and being slaves to, our Banker-controlled Government.
So far, during these past 38 years, you Northern Ireland Lawyers, have chosen INJUSTICE, TYRANNY and therefore SLAVERY in refusing to take my case against Down District Council!
Thomas Jefferson stated, "When the People fear the Government, there is TYRANNY, but when the Government fear the People, there is LIBERTY".
Hello and thank you for looking at my website www.gerryrice.net. My name is Gerry Rice. My wife Gemma and I live outside the village of Drumaness at 11 Newcastle Road, Ballynahinch, BT24 8NE in the heart of Co. Down in Ireland. We are both pensioners.
We were fifty years married in September 2013. We have eleven children, 28 grandchildren and three great-grand-children.
We bought 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, and our large family took possession of it on June 4th 1976 only to find that it was part of a massive house-building fraud that was to be covered up by District Councils throughout Northern Ireland, local and central Government politicians, government Ministers, legal firms, police and most of the media. Our family had to leave this Government-subsidised two-storied terraced house in August 1979 for the safety of our family and we could only afford to purchase an old disused mobile school classroom to shelter in until our defective house was repaired. How wrong we were. We paid our mortgage for years for our empty defective house in the hope that it was only a matter of time until the Down District Council made No. 56 Carlisle Park into the house we were led to believe we had bought but to no avail. For health reasons especially, I was forced to stop paying the mortgage and No. 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch was stolen off us in the High Court Buildings by the Nationwide Building Society in our absence. I say "stolen" because I had repeatedly made sure that the Nationwide Building Society were totally aware that we were the victims of a massive fraud - and their choice of surveyor had charged me a fee of 18 pounds for confirming that No. 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch was proper security and value for the amount of money that the Nationwide Building Society had loaned us. Gemma and I still live in our old mobile school classrom now in 2014!
The following pictures of 'workmanship' in government-subsidised dwellings, allowed by a certified building contractor, carried out by professional bricklayers and passed as acceptable, under the stringent Housing (Owner Occupation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1956 in force at the time of their construction, 1971/1972, by THREE separate inspection agencies, is a perversion that MUST BE DEALT WITH - including the fact that Down District Council actually used Ratepayers' money to employ "high-powered" lawyers to assist in the illegal changing of the Findings of the former Commissioner for Complaints Report CC 19/78 on this case!
In 1987 I began gathering up all my many papers on this sordid affair. I then typed out my story on an old typewriter. This task took up all my spare time over the next three years which was quite exhausting as it was done under the shadow of all our suffering. Over the next few years publishers in London, Dublin and Belfast refused to publish my story as a book.
In January 2000 I bought my first computer. I typed my story into the computer over a number of months while I was still recovering from being knocked down by a car in January 1998. I felt that this story just had to be told and the fraud exposed. I studied with the Open University to enable me to hand-code web pages and put my story on the internet. I have always tried to keep within the laws of this land in which I choose to live and I continue to do so here. Nevertheless I have ended up with a criminal record and I was also made bankrupt just because I chose to do what was right, and become a whistle-blower, in the midst of so much wrong. Both these black marks against my character were wrongfully imposed upon me by Government agencies. My totally defective home was stolen off me and sold, my thriving business decimated and because I relentlessly sought justice, people in authority here have tried, and are still trying, to make me out to be a crank. My wife and children have also been made to suffer in the most cruel ways. I called my story:
"WHERE SILENCE IS GOLDEN"
Silence is Golden. Silence can bring peace of mind, silence can bring peace to the soul. The silence in my story however, is a totally different silence. This silence brings hurt, frustration, misery, pain, financial loss, mental abuse and much more. This silence is destructive. It is the silence that surrounds official wrong-doing, official injustice, institutional corruption, the silence that, if not checked and dealt with by the law, becomes institutionalised violence. It is the silence of bullies, corrupt people who must be exposed as cheats, liars and criminals. It is the silence which is financially golden to such cowards. This silence punishes the innocent in order to protect the guilty who in this case are also worldly powerful. I refused to accept this silence, I refused to be a part of this silence, and along with my wife and our children, I have been made to pay a very heavy price for that refusal. This is our story, a story that has gone on under the cover of the Troubles and even since for over 37 years and is still ongoing. It is one of many such stories in Northern Ireland.
I have written repeatedly to all the known 'remedial government departments' and legal agents within the UK over these past 38 (thirty-eight) years to no avail, and more recently contacted The United Nations Human Rights Council on a number of occasions about this serious and dangerous housing fraud affecting many thousands of families throughout Northern Ireland.
These families include - in alphabetical order - Catholic, loyalist, nationalist, Protestant, republican and Unionist families. I have had no replies as yet from agencies of the United Nations.
Could it be that a very interested party has interfered with my emails and/or letters?
I have kept the British Government fully informed throughout these thirty-eight years regarding the effects that this massive fraud and its cover-up are having on my own faily and the thousands of families throughout Northern Ireland, but Her Majesty's Government are obviously content with their part in this cover-up.
Almost five months after we bought our almost new home in June 4th 1976, I phoned my local Down District Council on November 29th 1976 to complain of the smoke nuisance in our home which was coming from the fire-place of our next door neighbour.
Eventually, Down District Councillors finally got around to discussing our plight, which we had suffered with for over a year by this time and which was at last being discussed for the first time at the Down District Council Meeting on 19th September 1977 almost nine months after I first made my complaint!
My complaint of smoke nuisance in my former home at 56 Carlisle Park, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, which was leaking through what should by law have been a solid fire-proof and smoke-proof wall dividing the two houses and wasn't, was mentioned, but Councillors all agreed to take no action. At the same meeting however, the same Councillors agreed to take an abundance of Statutory action in respect of a much less dangerous smoke nuisance which did not involve Council neglect!