Family’s four-month ‘nightmare’ to make home accessible for disabled son


Kirstie Dolphin

A GRANT to give a disabled 13-year-old more access to his home has become “a nightmare”.

John Wilson, from Melin-y-Wig, was awarded with the Government’s Disabled Facility Grant for his son, Jamie, who has cerebral palsy.

The grant was used to make their home suitable for Jamie, but Mr Wilson said it has been an “absolute headache” due to mistakes, delays and bureaucracy.
Mr Wilson said: “The width of the door frames are not to the specifications written up.

“In the long run Jamie is going to need a large wheelchair and will need wider doors to access the house.

“Jamie sleeps down stairs because he can’t get up stairs, so originally we had to have fire doors to be fitted but now the council are saying it is not part of the building control policy and they won’t have them fitted.

“I have been in contact with the council but they just keep trying to fob us off.”
Mr Wilson said the project should have taken 12 weeks but his family had to move out of the house for more than four months.
“I just want it to finish. It is the inconvenience of it all.

“We disrupted our children’s lives and their lifestyle for four months for a 12-week programme.

“There are cracks in the walls, the doors are 30mm too short and there are no fire doors fitted - it’s poor workmanship.

“They re-wired the property and the kitchen should have a heat sensor by law but they gave us the certificate to move back into the house when they hadn’t put one in, but the council say they will put one in.”

The original contractors were later stopped from carrying out the work and the council appointed new contractors who Mr Wilson is happy with.

A spokesman for Denbighshire County Council said: "This grant was completed at the end of October and we are aware that some small remedial works are outstanding. We are in the process of gathering quotations for the work.

"Normally there is a three month period after a project is completed that a final inspection is carried out to identify any issues requiring attention. Once this inspection is completed, we will arrange for a contractor to visit the property to carry out any works.

“We expect the work to be fully completed within the next few weeks.”


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