Collier Row woman in council house fury
PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 October 2010
A WOMAN with epilepsy was crestfallen and angry after being told she missed out on a two bedroom house because it has a flight of stairs, even though she lives on the second floor of a council block.
Sarah Moore, of Highfield Road, Collier Row, says she feels “victimised” .
The 35-year-old went into council offices in Romford on Monday morning to check on her situation with Havering’s home bidding scheme, which allows its tenants to try for a new home.
The mum-of-one was told that she had come second in the queue for the house in Newbury Gardens, Harold Hill, and the woman ahead of her had turned it down.
Sarah said: “They said they were going to offer it to me but when they checked my records it says I’ve epilepsy and I should live on the ground floor.
“They weren’t worried about me having a fit 10 years ago when they put me in this flat, where I have to walk up two flights of concrete stairs.
“It feels like I’m being victimised because of my epilepsy. Even if I did have a fit in a house it would be carpeted and cushioned, not like concrete lobby stairs.”
Sarah, who lives with her 15-year-old daughter and partner Keith, is trying to enlist the help of Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, who she is meeting this week.
Her doctor, based at the Queen’s Hospital Romford, has also written a letter.
She said: “It’s disgusting I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’ve been through. It’s stressful and my epilepsy is brought on by stress.
“It’s not only that – my daughter is 16 next year and I won’t be eligible for a house at all.”
A council spokesman said: “This is a complicated case and we are sorry that some information has caused Ms Moore some confusion.
“We will contact Ms Moore to talk through her circumstances in detail.”