A HOUSEBOUND 95 year-old woman who was threatened with court action for repairs to her flat is celebrating thanks to the Gazette.
Irene Gillard, who has a severe heart condition and spends most of her days laid up in bed, was summoned to appear at Uxbridge County Court, in Uxbridge Road, today. (wednesday)
Hillingdon Homes were threatening to take Mrs Gillard, of Enfield Close, Villiers Street, Uxbridge, to court over an unpaid £621 for repairs to her flat.
Last week her daughter Barbara Upton, of Mill Avenue, Uxbridge, contacted us, and this led to Hillingdon Homes rescinding the court order.
Mrs Upton said: "We are so relieved, most days she lays in bed and can only get up for a couple of hours, it's ludicrous to expect her to go to court, there is no way she could stand up and appear.
"Last week I felt like crying over this, I couldn't take her to court, I wouldn't dream of it.
"The council said they weren't even aware a court order had been sent out, it seems like the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing."
Mrs Gillard is a leaseholder on the council properties, and incurs charges for services charges to her flat and the communal areas of the building.
Ann Otesanya, head of housing management at Hillingdon Homes, said: "We are working with Mrs Gillard and her daughter to find a way to settle the accounts.
"We will keep in regular contact with them and hope to come to a satisfactory outcome for all parties soon."