Mum in temporary accommodation ‘heartbroken’ after council puts house on market

A mum who is living in temporary accommodation says she “begged” the local council for a house – only to find the one she wanted now up for sale.

Angela Carribine has had to give up her dogs and cats after being moved into a new address, and says she’s been “stuck in a rut” since her mother died in December.

Angela provided care for her mother until her death and was hopeful of being granted a house in the town she has lived for six decades.

But that dream has all but been extinguished after finding out the house she was after has been put up for sale for £110,000.

Angela Carribine (nee Thomas) from Old Colwyn outside the home she used to live in when she looked after her mother.

Angela says the situation is breaking her heart and is staggered to hear the home she wanted is being sold by the housing association, despite the number of people living in temporary accommodation in the local area.

The registered social landlord is arguing that the house is “no longer fit for purpose” and say they have ring-fenced the money from the sale for more new homes in the area, according to a North Wales Live report.

Angela is currently living in temporary accommodation in Llandudno, North Wales, with her son after having to give up her pets.

But she said the prospect of having to live outside her home town of Old Colwyn is “breaking her heart.”

Speaking to North Wales Live, Angela said: “I’ve grown up in Old Colwyn and lived there my whole life with my family.

“Myself and my brother both lived with my mother and cared for her in our family home, in which she lived for over 80 years.

“Unfortunately, five years ago, my brother died so I had to give up work to look after my mum and nurse her at home, those were her wishes and I was proud to do it.

“Last December, my mother passed away in my arms and I was told myself and my son had to leave the house as it was in her name.”

Ms Carribine and her son were initially placed at the Maine Hotel in Old Colwyn, which at the time was housing homeless people.

They have since been moved to temporary accommodation in Llandudno while her dogs and cats are living with her friend in Old Colwyn.

“It’s breaking my heart not being near my family in the town I grew up and know nothing more than,” she added.

“I have come across several vacant properties within the Old Colwyn area and when approaching the council for an update on my situation I’m told: ‘it doesn’t work like that.’

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“Recently a house became vacant and I was aware it was vacant due to being friends with the next door neighbour.

“Cartrefi Conwy have recently been at the house renovating it, I have called, begged and requested that house and everyone in the village is aware of the situation I’m in.

“Again, I was told It doesn’t work like that and was then sent screenshots of the exact house on the property market for a ridiculous price.

Angela Carribine outside the home she used to live in when she looked after her mother
Angela Carribine outside the home she used to live in when she looked after her mother

“The rise in people being put on the streets is ever growing and I am currently living in in temporary accommodation that Cartrefi have housed me in so they are more than aware that I am in need.”

A spokesperson for Cartrefi Conwy, the social landlord who refurbished the home, said: “There is an unprecedented demand for social and affordable housing locally and nationally.

“We allocate all our homes through the SARTH (Single Access Route to Housing) register and homes are allocated based on housing need and how long the applicant has been on the register.

“In regard to the property on Berth y Glyd, this home is now on the market as part of our active asset management strategy.

“What this means is that we dispose of some of our homes that are no longer fit for purpose and aren’t economically viable.

“As part of this strategy, when selling one of our homes we ensure these homes go to people resident in Conwy and first time buyers.

“The money made from these sales is ring-fenced for building more new homes.

“In fact, we have recently built 10 three and four bed properties alongside Berth y Glyd in Old Colwyn.”

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