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Kessingland lift row

PUBLISHED: 09:52 07 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:49 05 July 2010

I AM writing in response to an article that appeared in The Journal (June 20) entitled "Lift bid for disabled lad stalls".

We felt that the article did not convey the full picture in this difficult and sensitive case.

I AM writing in response to an article that appeared in The Journal (June 20) entitled “Lift bid for disabled lad stalls”.

We felt that the article did not convey the full picture in this difficult and sensitive case.

Waveney District Council did approve a comprehensive package of works to Mrs Lord's property in October 2007 for a grant of £21,816 (when the maximum amount payable was £25,000).

The council worked very closely with our occupational therapist colleagues at Suffolk County Council and the solution offered was considered to be the most appropriate to meet Peter's needs.

Mrs Lord rejected this solution, on the basis that she would prefer to install a lift and carry out alterations to the first floor.

However, such an option presents problems by virtue of compromises to safety in the event of a fire and the fact that the cost would be significantly greater.

The council will continue to work towards a solution that works for all concerned.

ROBERT PRINCE

Head of strategic housing

Waveney District Council

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