Updates 1 July – from the petition site “Give May Appleton back her home of 61 years!” https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/give-may-appleton-back-her-home-of-61-years
Very very sad update – please read – 1 July 16
1 APRIL 16: WE WERE MISLED! UPDATE MAY APPLETON: “May has NOT returned home yet, despite what has been reported in the media”
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.
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”
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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.”