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Disabled mum waits four months for repairs

PUBLISHED: 17:47 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 August 2010

Bromley
30-09-08
Disabled mum Belinda Murkin been waiting for months for repairs to her home
Her back door needs to be altered to open the other way so she can get her wheelchair out without being blocked by the door

Bromley 30-09-08 Disabled mum Belinda Murkin been waiting for months for repairs to her home Her back door needs to be altered to open the other way so she can get her wheelchair out without being blocked by the door

A DISABLED mum who has waited for FOUR months for repairs on her house said she would rather carry out the work herself than wait any longer. Belinda Murkin of Westbury Road, Penge, has been waiting for contractors for AmicusHorizon housing association t

A DISABLED mum who has waited for FOUR months for repairs on her house said she would rather carry out the work herself than wait any longer.

Belinda Murkin of Westbury Road, Penge, has been waiting for contractors for AmicusHorizon housing association to fix her shower, deal with mould on the ceiling and fix a door to make her home disabled friendly for months.

But the 34-year-old, who suffers from Fibro Myalgia which affects her balance confining her regularly to a wheelchair, may have to carry out the repairs herself as she says she is constantly fobbed off by the housing association.

Ms Murkin said: "It has got to the stage where I don't ring Access to do repairs, I would rather do it myself.

"But this is a disabled home and to sort out the mould on the ceiling would mean climbing a chair and my balance isn't that good to repaint it."

Ms Murkin lives with her partner Sam, 40, and children Vinnie, 14, and Julie, 17, who is pregnant and her boyfriend Mark, 19, and pays £126 a week in rent which should cover maintenance costs.

But she said the last straw was when the shower broke down and when she called up three weeks after ordering a new one, they had no record of it.

She said: "It affects us quite badly, you sometimes have to get out of the shower and reset the whole thing or sometimes you can go days without a shower and we have to go to my mothers.

"It is getting beyond a joke."

A spokesman for AmicusHorizon said: "We are currently investigating this issue and will be in contact with the resident to discuss the situation.

"We are committed to providing quality accommodation for all residents.

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