A number of elderly residents at a housing development in Brighton have described being trapped in their homes for six weeks because of a broken lift that has been slow to be fixed.
Residents in The Orchard in Moulsecoomb told a local newspaper that they felt as though they had been ‘locked in their own house’.
Rachel Bancroft, head of compliance at Hyde Group housing association, which runs the development, told The Argus that it has taken longer to fix the lift than the company would have liked.
“As this is an older lift, we have had difficulty in sourcing some of the parts we need to repair it which is why we have been trying to fix it in a number of different ways.
“Once again we apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to our residents.”
Residents at The Orchard pay up to £195 a week and the broken lift has forced some to leave their mobility scooters outside to face the elements and the possibility of theft.
The newspaper reported that carers of residents have been told they cannot carry people in their wheelchairs up or down the stairs as it is against the health and safety rules of the block.
According to residents, the lift often breaks down but never to the extent it has now.
Image credit: Google