Disabled man and family still homeless after the floods

Southend Standard: Disabled man and family still homeless after the floods Disabled man and family still homeless after the floods

A DISABLED double-transplant patient and his young family are still homeless...almost two weeks after floods wrecked their house in Rayleigh.

Wayne Tilbrook, 34, his wife and three children have been placed in temporary hotel accommodation in the Holiday Inn Hotel, Basildon, since the August 24 floods.

The torrential downpour left the family’s Sanctuary housing association home flooded with sewage after a nearby drain failed to cope.

Mr Tilbrook, who had a kidney and pancreas transplant in May, said: “The housing department only book the hotel for a few days at a time so we have to keep leaving and then going back.

“They book a family room which only allows four people to stay at one time so we also have the added stress of having to leave Chloe with relatives. “She is upset already because of the upheaval and just wants to be with us.”

Mr Tilbrook underwent surgery after spending 18-months on dialysis when his kidneys failed because of type 1 diabetes. He was left unable to walk because the operation left him with a trapped femoral nerve in his left leg.

Mr Tilbrook, of Pearson Avenue, said: “I have to take anti-rejection drugs and mustn’t be around anything which might cause infection so there is no question of going back there.”

The family have found it hard getting Chloe and five-year-old Lana from Basildon to Glebe School in Rayleigh. Abbie, three, also attends a day nursery opposite the school.

Mr Tilbrook added: “It’s a nightmare. Sanctuary have been unable to help us or tell us when we will ge rehomed.” The home flooded because of a faulty drain and despite knowing about it since 2010, neither the council or housing association has rectified the problem.

Mrs Tilbrook, 34, said “no words” could describe how she feels about the disruption to her family. She said: “Everything on the ground floor was ruined, the cooker, fridge freezer and our furniture.

“It’s terrible for the children because they just want their own bedrooms and toys back.” It is estimated repairs to the family home could take up to four months.

Karen Johnson, managing director for Rochford Housing Association part of Sanctuary Group said: “We understand the disruption this will have caused and want to reassure the family that we are working as quickly as possible to find suitable temporary accommodation which fits their particular needs.”

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8:16am Mon 9 Sep 13

Bigmama1 says...

Why can't somebody find this family local private rental accommodation? It sounds like the housing association are not exactly quick with their actions considering the fault with the drain was reported in 2010. This is a disgusting way to treat a disabled man and his family. At the end of the day it will possible cost less than being kept in the Holiday Inn at Basildon anyway. Come on Santuary housing and the council get your finger out NOW!
Why can't somebody find this family local private rental accommodation? It sounds like the housing association are not exactly quick with their actions considering the fault with the drain was reported in 2010. This is a disgusting way to treat a disabled man and his family. At the end of the day it will possible cost less than being kept in the Holiday Inn at Basildon anyway. Come on Santuary housing and the council get your finger out NOW! Bigmama1
  • Score: 13

8:16am Mon 9 Sep 13

Bigmama1 says...

Why can't somebody find this family local private rental accommodation? It sounds like the housing association are not exactly quick with their actions considering the fault with the drain was reported in 2010. This is a disgusting way to treat a disabled man and his family. At the end of the day it will possible cost less than being kept in the Holiday Inn at Basildon anyway. Come on Santuary housing and the council get your finger out NOW!
Why can't somebody find this family local private rental accommodation? It sounds like the housing association are not exactly quick with their actions considering the fault with the drain was reported in 2010. This is a disgusting way to treat a disabled man and his family. At the end of the day it will possible cost less than being kept in the Holiday Inn at Basildon anyway. Come on Santuary housing and the council get your finger out NOW! Bigmama1
  • Score: 4

8:18am Mon 9 Sep 13

Bigmama1 says...

Bigmama1 wrote:
Why can't somebody find this family local private rental accommodation? It sounds like the housing association are not exactly quick with their actions considering the fault with the drain was reported in 2010. This is a disgusting way to treat a disabled man and his family. At the end of the day it will possible cost less than being kept in the Holiday Inn at Basildon anyway. Come on Santuary housing and the council get your finger out NOW!
Sorry about double quote. My finger twitched!
[quote][p][bold]Bigmama1[/bold] wrote: Why can't somebody find this family local private rental accommodation? It sounds like the housing association are not exactly quick with their actions considering the fault with the drain was reported in 2010. This is a disgusting way to treat a disabled man and his family. At the end of the day it will possible cost less than being kept in the Holiday Inn at Basildon anyway. Come on Santuary housing and the council get your finger out NOW![/p][/quote]Sorry about double quote. My finger twitched! Bigmama1
  • Score: 7

8:46am Mon 9 Sep 13

VanRes says...

I don't feel the mans disability should come into it. Any family disabled or not should not have to find themselves struggling like this.
I don't feel the mans disability should come into it. Any family disabled or not should not have to find themselves struggling like this. VanRes
  • Score: 19

9:49am Mon 9 Sep 13

Russ13 says...

I'm not sure what else the housing association could be doing in this scenario...... it's all well and good saying they should be finding them a private property to rent short term but it still takes time to sort these things out.

It's not the HA's fault the place flooded and unfortunately these things take time to sort out.
I'm not sure what else the housing association could be doing in this scenario...... it's all well and good saying they should be finding them a private property to rent short term but it still takes time to sort these things out. It's not the HA's fault the place flooded and unfortunately these things take time to sort out. Russ13
  • Score: 1

1:22pm Mon 9 Sep 13

John Thomos says...

All the housing Association homes are being taken up by illegal immigrants,
All the housing Association homes are being taken up by illegal immigrants, John Thomos
  • Score: 4

2:45pm Mon 9 Sep 13

emcee says...

Russ13 wrote:
I'm not sure what else the housing association could be doing in this scenario...... it's all well and good saying they should be finding them a private property to rent short term but it still takes time to sort these things out.

It's not the HA's fault the place flooded and unfortunately these things take time to sort out.
At least they could find them hotel accommodation for the ENTIRE family and not make them have to check in and check out every few days.
Also, there is a miriad of suitable private accommodation, be it bricks and mortar, mobile home and other short term "holiday" accommodation. Cost should neither be factored in (all though this all seems a cost saving scenario) as insurances should kick in (assuming the HA had insurances for such occasions).
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: I'm not sure what else the housing association could be doing in this scenario...... it's all well and good saying they should be finding them a private property to rent short term but it still takes time to sort these things out. It's not the HA's fault the place flooded and unfortunately these things take time to sort out.[/p][/quote]At least they could find them hotel accommodation for the ENTIRE family and not make them have to check in and check out every few days. Also, there is a miriad of suitable private accommodation, be it bricks and mortar, mobile home and other short term "holiday" accommodation. Cost should neither be factored in (all though this all seems a cost saving scenario) as insurances should kick in (assuming the HA had insurances for such occasions). emcee
  • Score: 7

4:34pm Mon 9 Sep 13

Boyracer_22 says...

These people should be grateful they even got themselves a hotel. Most people would be chucked onto the streets. Shut up shop with your moaning and live with it. Accidents happen. Think of flooding in the Tsunami or New Orleans. Just think it could of been a whole lot worse!
These people should be grateful they even got themselves a hotel. Most people would be chucked onto the streets. Shut up shop with your moaning and live with it. Accidents happen. Think of flooding in the Tsunami or New Orleans. Just think it could of been a whole lot worse! Boyracer_22
  • Score: 2

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