People living in a high-rise block of flats have been told they will not have a working intercom system for another five weeks.

Residents of the Abbey View tower block in the Meriden have already been unable to let visitors and delivery drivers in for nearly three weeks.

Graham Reece, who lives on the fifteenth floor, hit out at the “inconvenience”.

Watford Observer: Mr Reece said he has to wait downstairs for deliveriesMr Reece said he has to wait downstairs for deliveries (Image: Google Street View)

“Delivery drivers don’t need much of an excuse to take the parcel away,” the 63-year-old said.

“If I’m expecting something, I go downstairs and wait for an hour or so until it arrives.

“Or if someone is visiting me, they have to call me and I go down and let them in.”  

While Mr Reece is frustrated, he is concerned for one of his elderly neighbours.

He said: “One woman, who is about 86, missed her hospital bus because they couldn’t get hold of her.”

A Watford Community Housing spokesperson said it is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

They added: “The necessary part has been ordered but unfortunately we've been advised that it may take up to five weeks to arrive, and we can’t complete the repair without it.

“We appreciate the patience of those affected by this.”