DIY project for disabled man

Robert Gornall is severly handicapped and has been housed by MSDC in a run-down bungalow with no heating, flood damage
Robert Gornall is severly handicapped and has been housed by MSDC in a run-down bungalow with no heating, flood damage
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THE FAMILY of a disabled man say they are ‘disgusted’ with the council-owned bungalow in which he has been rehoused, saying it is not fit for his needs.

Robert Gornall, 62, is handicapped and struggles to walk more than a few steps even with two crutches, but he has been told by Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) that he must decorate his new home.

Mr Gornall was left homeless after The Maypole pub, in Wetherden, which was run by his late wife, closed down. He had to register with the council’s housing list.

But his family were angry when they found out that he has been rehoused in a bungalow which he cannot yet move into.

Although he has paid two weeks’ rent, the bungalow, in Park View, Wetherden, is uninhabitable according to Mr Gornall, with no carpets or floor covering and bare rendered walls. Mr Gornall also said he did not feel safe in the house, which has no security or fencing.

Although he is grateful for the house and is looking forward to moving in with his dog and cats, Mr Gornall said he was disappointed at the lack of help from the council.

“It has been empty for some time after a major flood. I have been told that the council has done some repair work but it hasn’t finished,” he said.

“The council is not really helpful. It would be nice if they sorted out the security of the property and made it habitable.”

His sister, Jane Beard, said she was angry when she found out the council had told her brother, who lost all of his savings in the pub industry, that he must organise redecoration and pay for it himself and that he could not have a wet room and could use a plank of wood to sit over the bath and wash himself.

“I am disgusted,” she said.

Following inquiries by the Bury Free Press, a spokeswoman for MSDC said: “Our housing team will be in touch with Mr Gornall to see what advice and support we can offer due to his circumstances.”