Row over scooter storage resolved

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HOUSING bosses have ‘revised’ a letter being sent to residents asking them to clear items from communal hallways and landings – after a 94-year-old woman feared her mobility scooter would be seized and destroyed.

Jean Hill, of Norton, received a letter which listed mobility scooters among ‘identified hazards’ which would have to be removed within a month or would be seized and destroyed by Sheffield Homes – with owners charged the cost of disposal.

Mrs Hill depends on her mobility scooter or her son said she would be a ‘prisoner in her own home’.

She parks it under stairs on a communal landing at the flats where she lives.

But Sheffield Homes claimed the pensioner had ‘misunderstood’ the letter.

It said items on the letter which included mobility scooters were general potential hazards which could be found in communal hallways and landings and were not specific to her block.

The company said Mrs Hill should have looked at a second column which listed items which needed moving from outside her home – although this was not explained in the letter to Mrs Hill and other residents.

Mrs Hill’s son Martin Hill said: “The letter was definitely unclear and because officers had already told my mother her scooter would have to move, we took it to mean it referred to her scooter. I think Sheffield Homes are right to revise the letters because they are very general and not even addressed to each resident.

“However, they still haven’t reassured my mother her scooter can stay. I hope some compromise can be reached so she can keep it.”

A Sheffield Homes spokeswoman said: “It is unfortunate the tenant has misunderstood the wording of the letter and we have revised the content to prevent any future misunderstandings.”