A COMMUNITY leader left fearing he could be made homeless has taken his complaint against Wrexham Council to the Ombudsman.
Last month Cllr Keith Gregory, who represents Smithfield on Wrexham Council, received a hand-delivered letter from the authority informing him he would now be classed as a “tolerated trespasser” 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. He suffers spina bifida, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis.
In a letter to the Ombudsman, Cllr Gregory expresses his wish to complain about Wrexham Council and specifically the authority’s housing officer’s handling of his case.
In the letter he said he feels ‘intimidated and bullied by these housing officers’ and claims ‘they have not followed any of the relevant processes and are increasingly putting me in an uncomfortable and stressful situation’.
He adds: “I feel I am being discriminated against and that this is a case of maladministration.”
In September Cllr Gregory split from his long-term partner, who had been a joint tenant at the house along with their five-year-old daughter.
The pair took advice from Wrexham Council on how to proceed regarding the tenancy.
They decided Cllr Gregory’s partner would sign off her part of the tenancy and would move into a flat while Cllr Gregory remained sole tenant of the house to accommodate his disabilities.
He said he was told by council officers he could remain at the property, which has cost £7,000 to adapt to his needs, and ultimately be moved to a bungalow. But he was told they currently had no appropriate properties.
To his surprise a letter was posted through his door from Wrexham Council’s estate manager, Jane Cotton, saying his tenancy had terminated.
In her letter to Cllr Gregory, Ms Cotton says: “I acknowledge receipt of your notice to terminate the tenancy of the above property.
“The tenancy of 13 Colwyn Road, Wrexham, ended September 22, 2013, so you are now living there as a tolerated trespasser until the council is able to make you an offer of suitable alternative accommodation.
“As you are not a council tenant, you are not liable to pay rent, but you will be liable to pay £91.45 weekly. In legal terms, this is called Mense Profits.”
A Wrexham Council spokesman said: “We have not had official contact from the Ombudsman at this point in time.”