Moira’s long fight for house with no stairs

Dis­abled woman asks lo­cal MP to take up her case

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

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

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