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Disabled Kingsbury woman handed keys to new fully adapted council flat

PUBLISHED: 15:03 23 April 2019

Collette Wood with Cllr Eleanor Southwood and the keys to her new home

Collette Wood with Cllr Eleanor Southwood and the keys to her new home

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The wait is over for a disabled Kingsbury woman with cerebral palsy who was handed over the keys to a newly built and adapted council flat.

Collette Wood struggled to live alone after her mum died a few years ago. The home they shared contained barriers like internal stairs that left her feeling trapped.

On a long council housing waiting list with some 17,000 others, she had no clue if or when she'd be able to be move to live independently.

But after a year in limbo, she and her new husband were handed the keys to a bungalow by the council's housing chief Cllr Eleanor Southwood. It has a mobility kitchen and bathroom as well as automatic doors.

Collette said: “The adaptations in my new home allow me to live a much fuller and more independent life.”

The flat was built on the site of underused garages and adapted by the council's private housing services – which offers Brent people adaptations and facilities like grab rails and moving furniture, whether they own or rent socially or privately.

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