A Gurkha veteran is facing eviction after more than half a century in his home. Major Jim Vickers has had a prolonged legal battle with his landlords, which his supporters say has caused his poor health.
A Council spokesman said: “We are aware of the case and have devoted enormous efforts to support the tenant and resolve what is a very complex situation.
“Our involvement began when we discovered the tenant’s accommodation did not meet legal housing standards. The Council took enforcement action against his landlord to require him to carry out repairs to improve the tenant’s living conditions. The landlord appealed to the court which ruled that the tenant will need to move out of the property into temporary accommodation to allow for these repairs and renovations to take place. This was to protect the tenant’s safety.
“However, the tenant’s personal wish is to remain in situ and as a consequence the landlord has been unable to start repairs.
“The Council is working hard to support the tenant and to find the best way forward.”