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Saturday 21 April 2018

Council asks great-gran to quit home of 50 years

Colette Browne

AN elderly Alzheimer's patient has been served with a notice to quit her home of almost 50 years.

Elizabeth Busher (81) has been a council tenant at 16 Wolfe Tone Villas in Wexford town since 1962.

But her family has now been told that she must vacate the property by August 9.

Since suffering a stroke in 2005, Mrs Busher has been a resident of St John's nursing home.

Her family bring her back home twice a week in an effort to help her memory.

However, last week, a notice was nailed to the front door of her house demanding that she return the key to Wexford Borough Council.

"We didn't find out about it until a neighbour called us to say it was there, which I found very upsetting," said her son Richard.

"The neighbours thought my mother was being evicted because she was behind on her rent, or that there was an issue with anti-social behaviour but the real reason is that the council doesn't believe my mother is still a tenant -- even though she pays her rent, €33, every week."

Mr Busher said his mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and the trips to her family home every week help stimulate her memory and "boost her heart".

"We have a very large extended family, lots of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she loves being up here surrounded by her family for those two days," he added.

Mr Busher said he had offered to buy the house, which is in serious need of refurbishment, from the council but his offer had been refused.

"I have bent over backwards, trying to come to a compromise, but I am running up against a brick wall at every turn," he said.

He said the estate has six local authority houses that were currently unoccupied and boarded up, including two directly opposite his mother's home and he could not understand why the council now wanted to repossess his mother's house.

A spokesman for Wexford Borough Council said he was unable to comment on individual cases.

Irish Independent

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