Pensioner left without vital lifeline

Jennifer Edwards outside her home
Jennifer Edwards outside her home
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A HOUSEBOUND pensioner who inherited a disability scooter claims she has lost a lifeline due to “cruel” red tape.

Jennifer Edwards, of Brisbane Place, Anchorsholme, who has severe arthritis, was given the motorised scooter by the family of her friend, Paul, who died earlier this month.

But when Miss Edwards, 63, contacted Blackpool Council to ask if she could park the scooter in the communal area below her flat – the only place possible – she was told it would be removed.

The pensioner, who claims scooters are parked there every day, said: “Recently I have been out less and less, as I have bad arthritis.

“There is sheltered accommodation below my flat and a number of scooters are parked there every day.

“I can’t believe because I was courteous and asked to park there, they have decided to penalise me.

“It would have been a lifeline and it is so cruel.”

Miss Edwards, who has no living family and receives Disability Living Allowance, lives in a flat where there is no room at the bottom of the stairs to park the scooter.

She has been forced to learn how to shop for food on the internet because she can no longer get out.

She added: “I live above sheltered accommodation, are they going to remove the scooters belonging to other people, who are elderly and vulnerable? I am shocked at the callous attitude of the council, who are preventing me from going out.”

Peter Jefferson, chief executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing said: “It is part of the tenancy agreement that residents must keep communal areas clear.

“This is for a number of reasons not least issues around fire hazards and insurance.

“We work with each tenant to try and help and support them, and would never give permission for someone to park their scooter in a communal area.”