A mum-of-six from Tunbridge Wells has spoken of her despair after housing chiefs refused to adapt her three bedroom home to accommodate her wheelchair.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer Pam Lloyd says everyday has become a struggle as she desperately tries to bring up her children and navigate furniture in her cramped three bedroom home.
Mrs Lloyd, 35, moved into the Caley Road property eight years ago along with her husband, Phil and three of her eldest children.
Since then her illness has stripped her of the ability to walk and she is now confined to a wheelchair.
She said: “Everything is a struggle. We sleep in the box room because my children need the other two bigger bedrooms. There’s three girls in one and three boys in the other. But I can’t get the wheelchair around the bed.
“We don’t have enough space for the wheelchair. There is no turning space but no-one has offered us anything and we have just been left high and dry,” she said.
‘Covered in bruises’
The situation has become so bad that Mrs Lloyd says she is now covered in bruises because she constantly falls over trying to get around her own home clinging to walls and furniture.
“I can’t say how it affects my children. But they see me struggle everyday and everyday I am falling over.
“I am covered in bruises – I haven’t broken anything yet but last weekend I fell backwards in the bathroom and smacked my head on the sink taking a chunk of ceramic out and hurting my head,” she said.
Pam said she fell over and hit her head on the sink
Town and Country – the housing association which owns the property – said it had ruled out adapting the property because the house was now judged too small for the growing family.
A spokesman said: “Unfortunately Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Kent Social Services and Town and Country felt that these options would not provide a suitable solution to the overcrowded property and medical requirements.
“The conclusion was that an extension would fundamentally compromise the habitable space for the family and circulation space for Mrs Lloyd.
“It was agreed with the family to reinstate them back on the Housing Register in a priority band.
“Unfortunately waiting for a suitable property can sometimes be a lengthy process, however the team meet regularly to discuss this and other cases and as soon a suitable property becomes available the family will be notified.”
‘It’s not going to get better’
But Mrs Lloyd fears she could be waiting years for a suitable four bedroom home – something she may not have.
“My condition is going to get worse,” she said.
“There is no stopping it. I could live a short period of time, or a long period of time but it is not going to get better. I just need something bigger – a bungalow that is near-by and we need it now.”