Widower ‘prisoner in his own bungalow’

Arthur Bloomfield, 83, with his son-in-law Robert Smallman, 63.
Arthur would like to be able to take his mobility scooter straight out onto the footpath in front of his house, but a fence means a detour around his neighbours homes across grass that get boggy after heavy rain.

Arthur Bloomfield, 83, with his son-in-law Robert Smallman, 63. Arthur would like to be able to take his mobility scooter straight out onto the footpath in front of his house, but a fence means a detour around his neighbours homes across grass that get boggy after heavy rain.

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A FRAIL widower fears being kept prisoner in his own home for the rest of his life because a passage outside his bungalow is too narrow for his mobility scooter to get through.

Arthur Bloomfield’s son-in-law, Robert Smallman, fears the 83-year-old will die before East Durham Homes widen the gap in the fence outside his Jubilee Square home in South Hetton.

Mr Bloomfield’s only exit from the property is via a rear door, but instead of being able to ride straight on to the road, he is faced with a 12-inch gap between the fence and a drainpipe, which is impossible to squeeze through.

 

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