Orpington man's fury as council fails to find suitable home for his disabled wife (From News Shopper)
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Orpington man's fury as council fails to find suitable home for his disabled wife
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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