Moira’s long fight for house with no stairs
Disabled woman asks local MP to take up her case
A Rutherglen woman with a learning disability and balance problems is taking her fight to be moved to a new house to her MP.
Moira Heafey has been asking South Lanarkshire Council to rehouse her as her current flat in Gallowflat Street can only be accessed up a flight of 16 stairs.
But 45-year-old Moira says she has been getting nowhere in her quest for a home with no stairs and has asked Margaret Ferrier MP to step in to help. She said: “I can’t take any more of this. I use a mobility aid and trying to get up and down stairs with it is a nightmare.
“I’ve spoken to the council many times but they just don’t tell me anything. They never take my pain into consideration.”
Moira said she has identified a property in Main Street, Rutherglen, which would meet her needs.
“It’s on the ground floor and I would be able to get in and out easily.
“But when I talked to the council about it , they came back and said I might not be considered for it – but didn’t give me reasons why that would be.”
Moira claims the council are “stringing me along” and don’t do anything about complaints she has made about anti-social neighbours in her block.
“I’ve told them about a man upstairs who does DIY work after midnight. He hammers and bangs and we can’t get to sleep,” she says.
“Another woman has been abusive to my carer, Mary McGoldrick, who is also my joint tenant.
“But they have never done anything about those things either.”
Margaret Ferrier MP said: “Having visited Moira and Mary at their home, it is clear that the residence is completely unsuited to Moira’s needs.
“I’ve been in contact with South Lanarkshire Council, both by telephone and post, and hope to be able to work along with them to bring this case to a resolution quickly.”
Patrick Murphy, head of Support Services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “The council are aware of the issues raised by Ms Heafey and Ms McGoldrick regarding the suitability of their current home.
“The local housing team have provided extensive advice regarding all of the issues raised, including their request to move to more accessible accommodation.
“A level of priority has been awarded to their housing application, however we are not able to give an indication of when an offer of alternative housing will be made.
“The local team is in regular contact and will continue to try to provide any support required.”
I use a mobility aid and trying to get up and down stairs with it is a nightmare