Gwalia resident stuck in his Swansea home due to ill health claims they won't do enough to move him
A SWANSEA pensioner stuck in his top floor flat due to ill health has accused his landlords of not doing enough to help him find another home.
David Morgan lives in the Gwalia-run Ty Caitlin complex in Northampton Lane in the city centre.
The 72-year-old has asked Gwalia to repeatedly move him from the top-floor flat due to his health in the past three years but so far nothing has been done.
Mr Morgan claims because of the difficulty he has in climbing up and down the stairs, he only leaves his home when he visits hospital.
“I had a heart attack in 2000 and had a four-way bypass,” he said.
“When I moved in I was happy as I needed a place to live but my health has deteriorated even more since then, I keep falling which is why I cannot walk up and down the stairs, there are 28 steps.
“They do not seem interested. They keep telling me all the flats are taken but I know there are two flats just down the road which are available.
“I haven’t been outside the door in nearly three years, I only go out when the ambulance picks me up for appointments.
“I have a friend who comes and sees me every day and they do the shopping for me. It is tough to live like this and I am getting cheesed-off with it. I am isolated.”
Lesley Penn, executive director of housing community and welfare, said: “As per our policy and procedure we are unable to comment on individual circumstances.
“Where a customer has a specific housing need or finds their housing unsuitable we will attempt to meet these where possible and work with other local housing partners.
“In a situation where a customer or tenant is unhappy or finds their accommodation unsuitable, Gwalia will offer other housing options but cannot guarantee that the property will be in the desired location due to constraints which are out of our hands.
“If a tenant wishes to live in Swansea city centre it is expected there will be a waiting period due to a high demand for housing and this also depends on what suitable properties become available. We will offer alternative housing options and it is up to the customer or tenant to decide if the property is right for them.”