School caretaker hits out over offer of new home

Former Dobcroft Junior School caretaker Dave Wheeler and his wife Anne who feel they have been let down by Sheffield Council after they failed to find them suitable accomodation following his retirement
Former Dobcroft Junior School caretaker Dave Wheeler and his wife Anne who feel they have been let down by Sheffield Council after they failed to find them suitable accomodation following his retirement
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A SHEFFIELD school caretaker says he and his family are facing eviction from their home – after almost 20 years of service to the city.

Dave Wheeler retired from his post at Dobcroft infant and junior schools in Millhouses in January after reaching the age of 65.

He and his wife Anne had both worked as caretaker and in the infant school’s kitchen for the past decade.

Mr Wheeler had worked at other schools in the city for almost 10 years before that.

The couple, who have a teenage daughter, knew they would have to leave when Mr Wheeler retired because the house comes with the job.

He put himself on the council house waiting list 19 years ago, with his job also giving him special priority status.

But Mr Wheeler says a dispute arose over a bungalow he was offered on Belper Road, in the Abbeydale Road area.

He insists the property is unsuitable as the road is mostly occupied by pensioners and is unsuitable for a family with a lively 18-year-old daughter.

A council spokesman said the property went hand in hand with the caretaker’s job.

He said: “As Mr Wheeler no longer holds this position he must leave the property for the new caretaker to take up residency.

“Mr Wheeler was successful in being offered a bungalow at Belper Road. He would have been able to move in immediately to his new home but unfortunately Mr Wheeler turned the property down.”

Mr Wheeler said: “We were offered the bungalow but a lot of pensioners live in the street. It didn’t seem right for a teenage girl might be out late and likes playing music loud.”

The council said he would now have to go through the normal bidding process.