Battle to free Nelson ‘prisoner in his own home’

Photo Neil Cross'Geoffrey Richardson requesting a ramp to help with acces to his home in Hemingway Place, Nelson
Photo Neil Cross'Geoffrey Richardson requesting a ramp to help with acces to his home in Hemingway Place, Nelson
  • Plea for ramp to be fitted outside home
  • Disabled man had to be carried out by ambulance staff
  • Housing Pendle unable to carry out work
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“The fight goes on – and I will go right to the top if necessary!”.

That was the defiant pledge made by the friend of a disabled Nelson man whose plea for a ramp to be fitted outside his home, to enable him to get out without outside assistance, was rejected by Housing Pendle.

In December, we reported how 75-year-old Geoffrey Richardson was wheelchair bound and unable to negotiate the steps to his Hemingway Place home without the help of his wife, Jacqueline, also a pensioner.

This week, family friend Steve Allen revealed the only time Mr Richardson has been out of his home since September was to attend hospital – and then he had to be carried out by ambulance staff.

Mr Allen took up the cudgels on behalf of the Richardsons last year and got in touch with Housing Pendle to ask them to install a ramp.

He said the Richardsons were virtual prisoners in their home – but the housing group has said it cannot help them.

Mr Allen said he had been told the property is not owned by Housing Pendle and they could not carry out any adaptions externally because of limited space.

He said: “I am not happy with their response and am going to continue to fight to try to get something done for Geoffrey and Jacqueline.

“They are very unhappy about the way Housing Pendle have treated them and I will go right to the top if I have to in order that Geoffrey and Jacqueline get fair treatment.”

Mr Allen said he did have one glimmer of hope – he has been in touch with Steven Close, chief executive of Together Housing - Housing Pendle’s parent body - and he has said he will look at the situation.

Mr Allen is also awaiting a reply from Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson.