Couple call on council to ‘see sense’

Bill Radcliffe, 91, and his wife Freda, 89, of Atholl Crescent, Intake, now have to climb over a small fence to get from their house to their car, or walk several metres down the street. The council have refused to resolve the problem by creating a footpath.  Picture: Liz Mockler D2960LM
Bill Radcliffe, 91, and his wife Freda, 89, of Atholl Crescent, Intake, now have to climb over a small fence to get from their house to their car, or walk several metres down the street. The council have refused to resolve the problem by creating a footpath. Picture: Liz Mockler D2960LM

AN ELDERLY couple with mobility problems are desperate for help after a fence is making it increasingly difficult for them to leave their home.

Bill Radcliffe, 91, and his wife Freda, 89, are pleading with Doncaster Council to create a gap in the fence around their home in Atholl Crescent in Intake.

The couple, who have lived in their house since it was first built 60 years ago, have to contend with the low-level fence every time they want to leave their house to take a bus or a taxi.

Their daughter Deena, 51, is concerned that her parents could become housebound if the authority doesn’t do something to help them.

She said: “They are very independent but they no longer have their own car. They are expected to walk around the fencing but that makes the journey twice as long.

“Watching them trying to get from the house to the road is difficult. I can see them one of them falling and at their age, they could really hurt themselves.”

Deena, who now lives in Derby, has taken her fears to the council but says it is like “banging her head against a brick wall”.

She added: “It’s not just my parents it affects. It’s also a problem for families with young children and pushchairs.”

Doncaster Council’s assistant director of Communities Karen Johnson said: “Following consultation and agreement by local residents, this work was undertaken some time ago in response to complaints of cars destroying the grass surface – as well as providing much needed parking for local people.

“We are liaising directly with Mr and Mrs Radcliffe with a view to finding a solution to meet their mobility needs.”