Tony, 90, in bat­tle over flat evic­tion

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

ANINETY-YEAROLD is re­fus­ing to leave his flat de­spite be­ing told he has to go.

Tony O’Neill is one of six elderly res­i­dents at Inger­s­ley Court in Bolling­ton who re­ceived a letter from Croft­wood Care UK Ltd giv­ing them two months to leave.

The letter in­cluded an evic­tion no­tice which warned le­gal ac­tion would be taken if they hadn’t left by the end of July.

Tony, who is a re­tired in­sur­ance bro­ker, said he was ex­pect­ing to ‘end his days’ at the flat, and said the care firm should be more sym­pa­thetic to the res­i­dents who do not want to leave.

He has hit out at the firm for the amount of time he has been given to leave.

Tony said: “I’ve been very happy here, to get a no­tice threat­en­ing me with evic­tion is atro­cious.”

The ten­ants rented their sup­ported liv­ing flats from CLS un­til the Min­ster Care Group bought Inger­s­ley Court in May. Tony, who served his na­tional ser­vice as a Royal Marine, added: “I’m go­ing to stay here un­til I find some­where that is right for me. All the other peo­ple in the flats are in the same sit­u­a­tion as me, one lady has lived here for 30 years. ”

Claire Cros­bie, a for­mer coun­cil­lor and for­mer Mayor of Bolling­ton, also crit­i­cised the short no­tice and ‘cruel’ letter.

She said: “It is down­right cruel to send let­ters to elderly peo­ple threat­en­ing them with evic­tion. These peo­ple ex­pected to end their lives in these flats are be­ing told they have to move out and find some­where new in just two months and they are be­ing threat­ened with court ac­tion.”

A spokesper­son for Min­ster Care Group, which took over Inger­s­ley Court from CLS in May, said the de­ci­sion has been made to clear the flats so that they could be re­de­vel­oped to al­low the ex­pan­sion of the care home pro­vi­sion which is based next door.

She said: “While the let- ters sent to res­i­dents are drafted to meet our le­gal obli­ga­tions, we are aware of the sen­si­tiv­i­ties in­volved and con­tacted ten­ants and their fam­i­lies to re­as­sure them that we will work with them to find suit­able, al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion and have also sub­se­quently met with all res­i­dents to dis­cuss the op­tions avail­able.

“We are work­ing closely with the lo­cal au­thor­ity and other care providers to source suit­able, al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion for the two re­main­ing ten­ants within the two-month no­tice pe­riod.”

On deer watch at Hurds­field pri­mary school Mac­cles­field are pupils Max, aged 9, Ver­ity, 7, and Me­gan, 9 Pic­ture Andy Lam­bert

Tony O’Neill has been given two months to leave his flat Pic­ture Andy Lam­bert

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