Search

Man fighting eviction from family home after death of his mother

PUBLISHED: 13:09 06 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:10 07 August 2017

Leslie Skeet says the council are threatening to evict him from the council house in Gorleston he has lived in for 50 years with his parents.
His mother recently passed away.

Picture: James Bass

Leslie Skeet says the council are threatening to evict him from the council house in Gorleston he has lived in for 50 years with his parents. His mother recently passed away. Picture: James Bass

A man is being faced with eviction from the home he grew up in because of the death of his mother.

Leslie Skeet says the council are threatening to evict him from the council house in Gorleston he has lived in for 50 years with his parents.
His mother recently passed away.

Picture: James Bass Leslie Skeet says the council are threatening to evict him from the council house in Gorleston he has lived in for 50 years with his parents. His mother recently passed away. Picture: James Bass

Leslie Skeet, 59, has lived in his parents’ council house in Durham Avenue, Gorleston for half a century.

He was his father’s long-term carer before he died 15 years ago and then for his mother, Phyllis Constance Skeet, who was 88 when she died last year of pneumonia.

Three weeks after his mother’s death last June, he was visited by a housing officer from Great Yarmouth Borough Council who said he would have to downsize as he had no need for a second bedroom.

Mr Skeet, who has no brothers or sisters, said he had all his memories at the home.

He added: “People come round to see me, I have a shop on the corner, a bus stop. I have got everything I need.”

He said he had been offered two alternative places to live, a one-bedroom flat in Rollesby and a place in Rodney Road near Great Yarmouth seafront.

But he said he turned them down, adding: “The council wants to move me away from my home and friends to a place where I don’t know anyone and have no-one to talk to.”

Mr Skeet, who has disabilities, has been supported by his local borough councillor, Adrian Myers.

The leader of the recently established Tribune party spoke to magistrates to delay Mr Skeet’s eviction, which had been scheduled for last month.

The stress has taken its toll on Mr Skeet, as he said: “It has been a year of hell. I have not even had the time to grieve the loss of my dear mum.”

A borough council spokesman said: “There are circumstances where a tenant dies and a remaining family member does not succeed to the tenancy. In these circumstances we will assess the housing need of that family member and, where appropriate, offer alternative accommodation.

“Unfortunately, where the person does not accept a number of suitable offers we have to proceed with possession proceedings.

“This will usually coincide with a live offer of suitable alternative accommodation to ensure that the person is not left without housing at the time that the property is recovered by the council.”

A new date for Mr Skeet’s eviction has not yet been set.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News

12:48

Snow could be on its way to Norfolk on Sunday as the temperatures plummet to below freezing overnight.

12:23

Police have warned that a busy road is likely to be closed for “a number of hours” after a lorry jackknifed on the A47 between Acle and Great Yarmouth.

10:32

A Great Yarmouth police officer suffered broken fingers during the arrest of a wanted man.

07:03

A Norfolk family who spent their life savings on creating a dream garden face the prospect of selling their home following enforcement action by the Broads Authority.

Most Read

Yesterday, 08:28

Great Yarmouth is set for a tourism spending boost after it was confirmed cruise ships will be docking with hundreds of passengers at the town’s port throughout the year.

Read more
Graham Plant
Tue, 20:26

A care home in Great Yarmouth has been forced to close after watchdogs uncovered a catalogue of concerns.

Read more
Care Quality Commission
Yesterday, 11:17

He is a cat who became an internet star by making Great Yarmouth’s Tesco store his second home.

Read more
Facebook
Tue, 10:50

A woman has been arrested on the suspicion of drug-driving and possession of a class A drug after the car she was believed to be driving crashed into a home in Gorleston.

Read more
Mon, 15:48

A teacher is feeling a new woman and enjoying time with her children after she lost more than four stone in 26 weeks.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 3°C

min temp: -1°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter