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Door work is not done

PUBLISHED: 17:27 19 June 2008 | UPDATED: 11:15 03 July 2010

A DISABLED Caister woman, who says she has been kept waiting for six months for a door conversion, has been told the work now cannot be carried out due to the cost.

A DISABLED Caister woman, who says she has been kept waiting for six months for a door conversion, has been told the work now cannot be carried out due to the cost.

Divorcee Mavis McGough, 62, who had both legs amputated due to diabetes, first highlighted her plight through the Mercury in April 2007.

Mrs McGough had a problem with her battery-operated wheelchair getting over a ridge and into and out of her home after workmen changed the front door to her council house in Beatty Road.

She said: “The mini-hump was taken away and I was then able to get through the front door okay but they were also due to widen the back door. I haven't been able to get in to the communal garden this year at all.

“If I go out the front door and go round the back, I can't reach the lock for the gate, at the entrance of the garden, because it is too high.”

Mrs McGough said she had contacted the council on a number of occasions and to Yarmouth MP Tony Wright. He in turn had also contacted the council and then forwarded the reply they had sent him saying that no further work could be done.

She said: “Last summer came and went and eventually they said they would not be able to carry out the work due to the costs involved which is not what I was told last year. Now that summer has arrived again, it would be good to be able to go in to the garden and have a chat with neighbours.”

Director of Community Housing at the borough council, Denis Gilbert said: “I cannot comment on individual cases. But I can tell you that anyone who is in this unfortunate position would be told at the outset what the situation is, that is, what additional work we would be able carry out.

“This might include rearranging a kitchen's design or moving a radiator to a better position for a disabled person. This is explained to everyone before they accept the tenancy.”

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