Disabled grandfather prepares to take Barnet Homes to court over eviction (From This Is Local London)
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Disabled grandfather prepares to take Barnet Homes to court over his eviction from Stonegrove Estate
A disabled grandfather-of-three is threatening to sleep in his van when his Edgware home is bulldozed as part of a regeneration programme.
Former RAF steward Tom Wilkes and his wife Dulce Wilkes have lived in their two bedroom flat in Ware Court, Stonegrove Estate, for nine years.
They sleep in separate bedrooms because Mr Wilkes, 65, gets severe cramps in his legs which cause him to move around at night and scream out in pain.
But the pair has been offered a one bedroom flat in Grahame Park when Barnet Homes evicts them from their Edgware home on Friday.
Mr Wilkes, who had a hip transplant in 2000, said: “I’m a vulnerable person – I’ve got a bad heart and I can’t walk properly but Barnet Homes don’t care.
“I’m incontinent and the cramps in my legs are so bad I have to sleep on my own – I can’t put my wife through that.
“I shall be sleeping in my van and my wife can sleep in the flat. At least I won’t disturb her when I’m jumping about and screaming. It’s just not practical but that’s what it’s coming to.”
The father-of-four plans to take Barnet Homes to court in an attempt to be rehoused in a two-bedroom property.
He added: “I’m not asking for a five bedroom mansion in Park Lane. I just want what’s sensible.”
Eight years ago the couple spent £12,000 turning their bathroom into a second bedroom for Mrs Wilkes to sleep in.
She said: “I feel so depressed by it. Of course we want to sleep together but we can’t. Now my husband’s saying he’s going to sleep in his van – I don’t want to see him like that. It’s breaking my heart.”
A Barnet Homes spokesman said: "Mr Wilkes has accepted an offer on a fully adapted flat and will be signing the tenancy agreement on September 13."
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