Woman pleads for a new home

Moira, 45, strug­gles to climb stairs to her flat

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

A Ruther­glen woman has pleaded to the coun­cil to move her from her home, claim­ing she can no longer climb the stairs to her cur­rent prop­erty.

Moira Heafey lives in a first-floor flat in Gal­lowflat Street in Ruther­glen.

She moved in to the apart­ment in Fe­bru­ary this year with her friend and carer Mary McGoldrick (42).

How­ever Moira (45), who suf­fers from learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, has mo­bil­ity is­sues and prob­lems with mus­cles in her legs.

She has to use a three-wheel zim­mer to get around and it is now at the stage where she strug­gles to climb the steps to her flat.

And Mary, who also suf­fers from learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, strug­gles to carry Moira’s walker up stairs.

Moira said: “We’ve sent let­ter af­ter let­ter to the hous­ing telling them that I can’t climb those stairs.

“Ev­ery let­ter we send they usu­ally don’t re­spond. When­ever we phone they say there’s noth­ing avail­able.

“I tell them how much pain I’m in but they don’t lis­ten, I don’t know what to do.

“Mary can’t climb the stroller up the stairs ei­ther, it’s too heavy. It’s a night­mare for the both of us.

“I have 16 stairs to climb and each time I try and go up them it’s dam­ag­ing my legs. “I don’t think the coun­cil care.” Ann Gee, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing and Tech­ni­cal Re­sources with the coun­cil, said: “South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is aware of Ms Heafey’s cur­rent hous­ing cir­cum­stances and has pro­vided on­go­ing ad­vice and sup­port to her in re­la­tion to her ap­pli­ca­tion for re-hous­ing.”

Strug­gle Moira has mo­bil­ity is­sues and finds the stairs an in­creas­ing prob­lem

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