OAP Roy Pugh left housebound after the council refuse to fit a ramp on his front steps in Ripley Derbyshire

OAP housebound for a year because 'council won't build him a ramp'
Pictured is war veteran Roy Pugh who has been left housebound for almost a year (Picture: Ross Parry)

A war veteran claims he’s been housebound since January because the council won’t install a ramp on steps outside of his front door

80-year-old Roy Pugh of Ripley, Derbyshire, says he struggles to walk long distances since suffering a heart attack and stroke.

Friends at the Royal British Legion gave Roy a mobility scooter following the health scare, yet it’s been of little use.

Because Roy can still walk out of the front door, albeit only a few steps, his local authority say he does not qualify for a ramp.

As a result, his scooter stays in house, and so does he.

‘They said I’m not housebound because I can get out the door but I haven’t been into Ripley town since January. I’m getting a bit fed up to be honest,’ Roy said.

Roy, who served with the army in North Korea for six years and as a reservist for nine years, is eager to regain his independence.

‘I just want to put my coat on and go out for a bottle of milk, or some crisps, or a newspaper. I would like to do it myself.’

Amber Valley Borough Council said an application for the ramp had only been received this week.

They say that if it’s approved the ‘works will get underway immediately.’

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23 November 2014 | 9:26 am – Source: metro.co.uk


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