Birmingham news Pregnant mum trapped in flat by 40 steps pleads for new home MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Sarah Gardner, who is six months pregnant, says she had to climb 40 steps to get to her first floor flat
Breaking News ! A pregnant mum claims she is trapped in her own home as she has to climb 40 steps to get into her flat. Sarah Gardner says she is becoming a prisoner in her own one bedroomed flat in South Road, Hockley, due to the exhausting journey she has to make to exit and enter her flat every day. But she is not the only member of her family who is struggling to climb the stairs. Her three-year-old son Jahdiah also has mobility problems as he suffers from a condition called Coxa vara which is a deformity of the hip. The property is owned my housing association Midland Heart. Pregnant mum Sarah Gardner has to walk up forty stairs with her small children to get to her flat. She says she is in desperate need for rehousing. Pictured with son Jahdiah (3), who has mobility issues. (Image: Birmingham Mail) Sarah, 33, who also has a one-year-old daughter called Jahzara, told BirminghamLive: "I am at the end of my tether. I feel trapped in my own flat. There are 40 steps to my first floor flat and it is just exhausting for me. "I have lived here for the last 10 years but I have been trying to get a move. Not only am I suffering but my three-year-old son Jahdiah is also suffering. "He suffers from a rare mobility condition called Coxa vara which means he struggles to walk. He has to wear special boots. It is so difficult for him to climb stairs.
. I need to be moved to ground floor accommodation." Sarah says she also has a leaking roof which has been fixed but continues to leak.
Pregnant mum Sarah Gardner has to walk up forty stairs with her small children to get to her flat. She says she is in desperate need for rehousing. Pictured with son Jadiah (3), who has mobility issues.
(Image: Birmingham Mail)
Gary Hardy, Director of Housing at Midland Heart, said: “We sympathise with the difficulties Ms Gardner is experiencing in her flat and we can confirm her family is in the highest priority band for rehousing. “The reason we haven’t been able to find her a new home so far is because she’s requested to live in Harborne, Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Bournville or Quinton. Unfortunately we have very few properties in these locations and they rarely become vacant as these are desirable areas to live in.
“We believe that Ms Gardner could find a new property faster if she’d consider widening her search. Our housing team will get back in touch with her and see if she’d like to chat about her options again.“ However, Sarah has denied requesting only to move to certain areas of Birmingham saying she would move anywhere with suitable accomodation.
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She added: "I have never been offered suitable accommodation and turned it down. I did put down Harborne, Edgbaston, Selly Oak, Bournville and Quinton as my preferred locations as this was what i was asked to do. "However, I am prepared to live anywhere with suitable accommodation on the ground floor. However, at the moment my requests for help are being ignored."
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