A COUNCILLOR says he has received an apology from the authority he serves on for telling him his council tenancy had been terminated.
Keith Gregory, who represents Smithfield on Wrexham Council, said he received a hand-delivered letter last week informing him he would now be classed as a “tolerated trespasser” until the authority is able to offer suitable alternative accommodation.
He says the council apologised for sending the letter at a meeting held on Monday, but it is uncertain whether he will be allowed to stay in his home.
Cllr Gregory, 56, lives in a three-bedroomed house on Colwyn Road, Caia Park, which is adapted to meet his needs for disabilities including spina bifida, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis.
He is currently waiting to go into hospital for an operation.
Last month he split up with his long-term partner, who had been a joint tenant at the property for five years, living with Cllr Gregory and their five-year-old daughter.
Cllr Gregory received the letter after his ex-partner signed off her part of the tenancy on council advice, but under the understanding he would remain in the house as sole tenant to accommodate his disabilities.
Cllr Gregory said: “They admitted they made a mistake. They said the letter should never have come out.
“They’ve apologised for that and they’re going to make a decision by the end of this week over whether I should stay or go.
“I’ve been worried about whether to cancel my operation, but they’ve promised they’re not going to board my house up while I’m away.
“I don’t want to be treated differently to anyone else, but there was never any warning.
“I’ve asked if they had any alternative for me and they said they haven’t got anything at the moment.
“My concern is this house is adapted to meet my needs.
“It’s cost over £7,000 to change it for my needs and if I move out they’ll have to pay more than that to adapt another house and would have to pay to put this house back to how it is.
“To me that’s a waste of money. I’ll need a carer when I come out of hospital and my daughter stays over often too.”
Cllr Gregory said he had been overwhelmed by the support he had received, including a petition with more than 110 signatures.
A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “We are continuing to work with Cllr Gregory to look at the most suitable housing option for his needs, in accordance with our policies, as we have done since this situation arose.”