From: COMMENTS COMPLIMENTS & COMPLAINTS <SolutionsTeam@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk>
Date: 15 April 2016 at 10:26
Subject: Appleton Family
Dear J Graham
Thank you for your email dated 14 April 2016.
The council issued a statement on 24 March 2016 in relation to the eviction of the family. Please see below:
“We are continuing to offer assistance to the Appleton family. They have accommodation until Tuesday paid for by Weaver Vale Housing Trust and after that date we will offer them temporary accommodation if they wish to accept. The Council has been involved with the family for a number of months and have offered advice and assistance on many occasions but so far this has been declined. We will continue to try to engage with the family regarding their accommodation options for the future. ”
We also released an update by social media, for your information:
The family are tenants of Weaver Vale Housing Trust and the Council is not involved in the eviction. We have been involved with the family for several months and have offered advice and assistance regarding their accommodation options for the future, but so far this has been declined.
Please see the housing trust’s statement: https://www.wvht.co.uk/latest-news/trust-responds-to-coverage-of-appleton-family-eviction-541
The above is all I am to release due to confidentially.
Solutions Assistant – Solutions Team
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Sent: 14 April 2016 18:29
To: Customer Service
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; vazk
Subject: MAY APPLETON
Dear Sir / Ms. at Cheshire West and Chester government dept., and members of Northwich Town Council, Rt. Hon. Mr. Cameron, the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Mr. M. Gove, Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Mr. K. Vaz, of the Ministry of Justice, the Rt. Hon. Ms. T. May, Home Secretary, et al.,
Can you please tell me what is happening regarding the return of May Appleton, 87, and her family, to their former home of 61 years, having been forcibly evicted from it by parties acting for Northwich council, on or around 23 March 2016, according to newspaper reports.
For example, when do the authorities in this case expect Ms. Appleton and family to return to their former home?
It is now the 14 April as I write – why is the family’s return taking so long?
I write on behalf of very concerned parties regarding the situation Ms. Appleton and family find themselves in, and we look forward to your speedy reply.
J. Graham concerned citizen
from 12 April:
Customer Service <email@example.com>
09:38 (38 minutes ago)
to me, lizaclansey
Thank you for contacting Cheshire West and Chester Council. Unfortunately the council does not have any garages – these belong to local housing trusts now. I would advise you to contact Weaver Vale Housing Trust on 0300 303 9848.
If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Customer Services Team
Cheshire West and Chester Council
From the 12 April:
“To Whom It May Concern:
Please pass on this information to Ms. APPLETON + family, et al.:
if storage of the family’s possessions is an issue preventing this family from returning to their home [and I don’t know what is and isn’t an issue as there’s no communication here] I would be prepared to pay for the storing of the said possessions for at least the first year – if that price for the storing is a reasonable amount – effective immediately.
This is a true sworn statement by myself,
J Graham 12 April 2016″
above: May Appleton, 87
Gina Bebbington is a reporter from the “Northwich Guardian” who ran the story re: this shameful eviction, by “Weaver Vale Housing Trust” – this paper also telling us that May Appleton, 87, would be returning home after being evicted from her home of 61 years, when she hasn’t – see the 38 Degrees 1 April update, + more: https://butlincat.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/update-may-appleton-10416-may-has-not-returned-home-yet-despite-what-has-been-reported-in-the-media/
Regarding the petition, we’re waiting to hear from it’s creator on “38 Degrees”. The petition is here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/give-may-appleton-back-her-home-of-61-years?bucket=share – please sign it.
Just what is going on in this case??? One minute May is returning to her home, its reported, the next minute shes still in a “Travelodge” cheapo b+b type residence “temporarily”. The intimidation used at the actual eviction is outrageous – somebody should pay for that thuggery.
From the 38 Degrees petition
“Give May Appleton back her home of 61 years!” 1 April 2016 https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/give-may-appleton-back-her-home-of-61-years?bucket=share
Videos: Hoarder, 87, facing eviction from her home barricades herself inside
from KaFaDoKyA NEWS – 4 March 2016
“Workmen board up May Appleton’s home following eviction”
from Current Affairs – 23 March 2016
N.B.: I am not acquainted or aligned to any [rightful] other parties exposing this shameful “eviction” of an 87-year-old lady and her family – and shame on those who are making this old lady’s life a misery, who have misled everyone so far.
From: Susie English via Campaigns by You <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 1 April 2016 at 11:47
Subject: May Appleton: The fight is not over
May has NOT returned home yet, despite what has been reported in the media.
She is quite distressed and still at the Travelodge. Negotiations are ongoing, Weaver Vale Housing Trust spoke to May and then told the press it was all sorted. Even if she is allowed to return to her home, her stuff has been moved out and she will be upset by that.
PLEASE SIGN IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY, AND KEEP SHARING THIS PETITION UNTIL MAY HAS BEEN OFFERED THE CHANCE TO BUY HER HOME AND FEEL SAFE. THANK YOU!
The more people who sign the petition, the more chance we have of winning the changes we all want to see. I’m emailing you to ask if you can go one step further and share the petition with your friends and family
Posting the campaign on Facebook or Twitter only takes a second, but it will mean that hundreds of people see the petition and can join our movement. If you can email the link around as well, all the better – that will allow us to spread the word to people who don’t use social media too.
Don’t be afraid to say why this issue matters to you – people are more likely to offer their support if they understand why you care about it too.
Thank you for standing with me on this issue.”
Sign the petition, below, at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/give-may-appleton-back-her-home-of-61-years?bucket=share
REAL? EVICTED MAY APPLETON TO RETURN HOME? 27 MARCH 2016
Evicted hoarder May Appleton offered chance to return to home in Lostock Gralam by Weaver Vale Housing Trust
BREAKING: Evicted hoarder, 87-year-old May Appleton, will be allowed to move back into her house
HOARDER May Appleton has been told she will be allowed to move back home only three days after being evicted.
The 87-year-old, and her three sons, met with officials from Weaver Vale Housing Trust on Saturday.
They were told they can return to the house on Langford Road, in Lostock Gralam, once it is safe.
“We have offered Mrs Appleton an opportunity to return as soon as practically possible,” said trust chief executive Steve Jennings in a statement.
“That is subject to the house being made safe and for some items to be placed in storage in line with previous requests made to the family.”
May, who has lived in the house for 61 years, left on Wednesday after bailiffs smashed down the front and back doors.
Sons Brian, Mark and Paul were told to leave at the same time.
They have been locked in a three-year battle with the trust, which acts as their landlord, over possessions the trust claims are a fire hazard.
“We are pleased the family and Weaver Vale Housing Trust have started this dialogue,” added Mr Jennings.
“We now hope to work together to resolve the difficulties at the house.”
He said the family is considering an offer of alternative local accommodation in the meantime.
24 March 2016
‘I just want my house back!’ Superhoarder, 87, tells of her heartbreak after eviction from her home of 62 years and says she doesn’t know where she will be living next week”
From: butlincat —————-
Date: 26 March 2016 at 15:33
Subject: HOW CAN THIS BE RIGHT?? “May Appleton, 87, evicted from Lostock home by Weaver Vale Housing Trust”
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Re: the outrageous eviction of MS. MAY APPLETON, 87, et al.,
May Appleton has been evicted after 3yrs of battling to stay in her home of 61 years. http://www.northwichguardian.co.uk/news/14379113.May_Appleton__87__evicted/ … pic.twitter.com/won7gYtwmk
OUTRAGEOUS!!! “May Appleton, 87, evicted from Lostock home by Weaver Vale Housing Trust”
“May Appleton, 87, evicted from Lostock home by Weaver Vale Housing Trust”
MAY Appleton and her sons have been evicted from their home after their front and back doors were smashed down by bailiffs at 9.30am today, Wednesday.
Bailiffs used sledgehammers and crowbars on the doors before drilling out the locks and telling the family, of Langford Road, they had half an hour to get items together and leave the house where they have lived for 61 years.
Brian Appleton, 61, May’s eldest son, said: “They got a sledgehammer to the door and smashed the window at the top – the glass went all over Mark and cut his hand and went halfway up the stairs.
“All this time mum was stood in the living room shouting and screaming ‘leave my house alone, leave my things alone’.
“Both Mark and Paul held off at the front door and they came round the back, we kept them off for 25 minutes but in the end they drilled the locks off.
“They chucked all my mum’s stuff out on the front garden and trod all over it.
“She was devastated, she was screaming.”
May, 87, has lived in the Lostock Gralam house with her sons Brian, Mark, 51, and Paul, 49, since it was built.
They have been locked in a three-year battle with landlord Weaver Vale Housing Trust over their possessions, which the trust classed as hoarding and said was a fire hazard.
The trust said the family needed to get rid of their hoarded items to comply with their tenancy agreement.
The family argued that the items represent a lifetime of precious memories.
Bailiffs attempted to evict May and her sons on Friday, March 4, but left without success.
They they served the family with a notice to say that they could be evicted any time after 2pm on Wednesday, March 9.
May and her youngest son Paul were checked over by paramedics after the eviction this morning.
The house has now been boarded up and the Appletons have been put up in the Travelodge, in Lostock, for one night.
Brian said: “They were concerned about my mum’s health but just carried on pushing it through.
“We’re at the Travelodge now but where we will be tomorrow night I don’t know.”
Judith Burbidge, director of neighbourhoods at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: “We have arranged and paid for temporary local accommodation for a week for the family.”
We are aware that the family have made contact with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s housing solutions team and social services who are assisting the family with finding long term accommodation.
“An eviction is always our last resort but in this case we have to put the safety of the family, neighbours and anyone else entering the home first.
“We have tried every option open to us over the course of three years, including the offer to install a sprinkler system in the home and offering to clear and store the items safely, but Mrs Appleton and her sons have continued to refuse all offers of help to reduce the fire risk to both themselves and visitors entering the home, including fire fighters. “We have had almost daily contact with the family to try to find a solution.
“Once the bailiffs took possession of the property, a full safety inspection was carried out.
“The house was then made secure before the removal and safe and secure storage of all the Appletons’ items.”
Mark Cashin, deputy chief officer at Cheshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Hoarding certainly is a growing issue for fire and rescue services.
“It presents significant risks for individuals, communities and firefighters.
“This is not about us telling people how they should live their lives it is about keeping people and firefighters safe, something that we have a responsibility to do.
“Fires in the homes of hoarders have resulted in several deaths and have in some incidences put the lives of fire crews in extreme danger.”
Judith added: “Both Cheshire West and Chester Council’s social services team and the local church made last ditch attempts last week to work with the family, to try mediate on our behalf and find a solution, however this was unsuccessful.”
W.V.H.T. Contacted sat 26 March 2016 @ approx. 15.07gmt here: