Reprieve for disabled woman facing eviction from council home in Kingsbury
PUBLISHED: 12:57 15 June 2015 | UPDATED: 13:04 15 June 2015
A disabled woman from Kingsbury who faced moving out of her council home of 35 years has been give a reprieve at the 11th hour after the Times intervened.
Colette Feighan, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is celebrating the “remarkable u-turn” following a 10-month battle to allow her to remain in her three-bedroom council house in Milton Avenue.
Speaking to the Times the 45-year-old said: “I’m shocked and so relieved. My housing officer called and told me and it’s unbelievable they’ve changed their mind. I’m so happy.
After the Times reported Colette’s plight in April this year, an online petition gathered more than 1,342 signatures calling for Brent’s housing allocation panel to allow her to continue living in her specially-adapted property.
Miss Feighan, who is now set to remain in her home as a secure tenant, said: “Thank you very much to everyone who supported me- it’s all worked out so well. I really didn’t expect this.
“I was trying the prepare myself for the final day I’d have to move out of the house I’ve lived in for 35 years - the most I was expecting was for them to have a change of heart and let me stay in a two-bedroom house in the area.”
Miss Feighan, who is wheelchair bound, claims she had originally been told she could stay in her home following the death of her mother from cancer last year before the council reversed the decision saying it was no longer an option for her continue living on her own in the three-bedroom property.
Ms Feighan said: “Once we get the letter through the door I’m hoping we’re going to have a little party. I feel as though at big weight has been lifted and I can now get on with living my life.
Ms Feighan’s boyfriend Aaron Wood, 25, who has been leading the campaign said: “This remarkable u-turn from the council has come completely out of the blue- we’re very happy and emotional.”
Brent Housing Partnership said: “We are delighted with this outcome for Colette. We met with Colette and her family, and assisted her in supplying new evidence about her need to stay.
“It is therefore very good news that Brent Council’s allocation panel has now been able to agree that she doesn’t need to move and can remain in her home as a secure tenant.”