Orpington man's fury as council fails to find suitable home for his disabled wife

News Shopper: The Blake family say they complained "countless" times to the council over the last two years. The Blake family say they complained "countless" times to the council over the last two years.

AN ORPINGTON family, housed for two years in a property that failed to meet their disability needs, have been moved - to a house they say is even more unsuitable.

Steven Blake, 56, whose wife is disabled, says he complained "countless" times to the council about the original property, in Kynaston Road, Orpington, but for two years nothing was done.

He and his family were evicted from the house two weeks ago, and now they have been moved into a new property, in Burrfield Drive, St Mary Cray, he claims their situation is even worse.

Mr Blake told News Shopper: "It's terrible. There are no toilet facilities and washing facilities downstairs.

"My wife is trapped in the house because there are steps outside and no ramp.

"There are no wheelchair facilities.

"What I don't understand is how all councils can provide housing for the disabled but Bromley Council is unable to."

Mr Blake's wife, Susan, 54, suffers from lymphodema, a swelling of the legs that has left her in a wheelchair.

She also suffers from brain swelling, causing it to push back into her spinal cord, heart failure, type II diabetes and a prolapsed disc.

The couple's two sons, Daniel, 30, and Dennis, 26, who suffer from autism and learning difficulties, live with them.

Mr Blake added the Kynaston Road property, where he and his family were moved in May 2011 - in what was supposed to be a temporary arrangement - was similarly problematic.

He said: "The house was never suitable, there were serious problems.

"The bathroom is upstairs so my wife is unable to use it. She had to spend all that time without washing facilities.

"The garage roof leaked and flooded the garage. We had all this stuff in there and it got ruined, including my wife's mobility scooter, and we had to throw this stuff out.

"We complained to them countless times but they didn't do anything."

The council had housed the family through housing association Amicus Horizon, who evicted Mr Blake and his family from the house two weeks ago.

Amicus Horizon said: "In October 2012 we issued a possession notice to the resident of a house in Kynaston Road, Orpington.

"The notice was issued for repeated breaches of critical elements of their tenancy agreement over a number of months.

"Despite Avenue staff, contractors and the local authority attending the property on many occasions, no access was granted to the property and all support was refused."

A Bromley Council spokesperson said: "When a family has health or disability needs and become homeless we work with them to find a temporary home, this includes making any adaptations that might be necessary to meet their needs.

"While we can confirm in this case the council is working closely with the family it would not be appropriate to discuss their individual circumstances further."

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12:18pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Council tenants.......don't you just love the gimmi gimmi gimmi.

I'll give you something ......a wash.
Council tenants.......don't you just love the gimmi gimmi gimmi. I'll give you something ......a wash. Gypo.Joe
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1:38pm Tue 30 Apr 13

the wall says...

Evicted - Then given another free house.

"Despite Avenue staff, contractors and the local authority attending the property on many occasions, no access was granted to the property and all support was refused." ........ This family need a good wake up slap in the face.
Evicted - Then given another free house. "Despite Avenue staff, contractors and the local authority attending the property on many occasions, no access was granted to the property and all support was refused." ........ This family need a good wake up slap in the face. the wall
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1:56pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Erith chap says...

the wall wrote:
Evicted - Then given another free house. "Despite Avenue staff, contractors and the local authority attending the property on many occasions, no access was granted to the property and all support was refused." ........ This family need a good wake up slap in the face.
Yeah, and a job between them.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: Evicted - Then given another free house. "Despite Avenue staff, contractors and the local authority attending the property on many occasions, no access was granted to the property and all support was refused." ........ This family need a good wake up slap in the face.[/p][/quote]Yeah, and a job between them. Erith chap
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3:23pm Tue 30 Apr 13

Eagles_Man says...

"Despite Avenue staff, contractors and the local authority attending the property on many occasions, no access was granted to the property and all support was refused."

And I'll bet there's another whole article waiting to be written with *that* side of the story.

Sounds like the most acute condition needs curing here is his attitude problem.
"Despite Avenue staff, contractors and the local authority attending the property on many occasions, no access was granted to the property and all support was refused." And I'll bet there's another whole article waiting to be written with *that* side of the story. Sounds like the most acute condition needs curing here is his attitude problem. Eagles_Man
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5:52pm Tue 30 Apr 13

bizzymum says...

Forgive me for asking an ignorant question but if someone has autism and learning difficulties does that mean that they can never lead an independent life - like ever?

Just another "Disability Fortunes" story which is really sad when the genuinely disabled get lumped in with this shower of a family (no pun intended seeing as she hasn't had one for two weeks).

Shameless!
Forgive me for asking an ignorant question but if someone has autism and learning difficulties does that mean that they can never lead an independent life - like ever? Just another "Disability Fortunes" story which is really sad when the genuinely disabled get lumped in with this shower of a family (no pun intended seeing as she hasn't had one for two weeks). Shameless! bizzymum
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6:57pm Tue 30 Apr 13

mumma66 says...

bizzymum wrote:
Forgive me for asking an ignorant question but if someone has autism and learning difficulties does that mean that they can never lead an independent life - like ever?

Just another "Disability Fortunes" story which is really sad when the genuinely disabled get lumped in with this shower of a family (no pun intended seeing as she hasn't had one for two weeks).

Shameless!
depends on how autistic they are and there are no support system for them in adult life ! I have a 20 year old and a 8 year old with autism they will never be independent ! alas there are people out there who like to milk the system
[quote][p][bold]bizzymum[/bold] wrote: Forgive me for asking an ignorant question but if someone has autism and learning difficulties does that mean that they can never lead an independent life - like ever? Just another "Disability Fortunes" story which is really sad when the genuinely disabled get lumped in with this shower of a family (no pun intended seeing as she hasn't had one for two weeks). Shameless![/p][/quote]depends on how autistic they are and there are no support system for them in adult life ! I have a 20 year old and a 8 year old with autism they will never be independent ! alas there are people out there who like to milk the system mumma66
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10:48am Wed 1 May 13

gottleofgear says...

and the Dad has his head on upside down!
and the Dad has his head on upside down! gottleofgear
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