Clayton woman told to leave home after 52 years
HOSPITAL worker Karon Harrison is to be booted out of her home of 52 years – because her parents have died.
The domestic supervisor was born in the lounge of the Clayton home where she has lived with her mum, dad, two brothers and a sister.
The tenancy to the property passed to her mother's name following the death of her father, John, in 2006.
And Karon was left living alone when her mother, Doreen, died last May.
But she is now set to be evicted from her three-bedroom Kentmere Place home by Aspire Housing because of strict housing tenancy rules.
Aspire Housing is now looking to find a suitable alternative property.
Karon, who works at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, said: "I still have the original receipt for the keys to the house which my mum and dad collected on December 15, 1952.
"My parents were the first family to move onto the then new estate and the building works were still ongoing around them."
Karon also lived in the house with brothers Nigel and Kelvin and sister Heather.
She added: "Heather and I were both born in the living room of the property as you did in those days and it is a proper family home."
Karon says she was told she would have to leave the property around a month after her mother's death.
Her appeal against Aspire's decision was later rejected.
She currently pays £88.05 a week in rent and £118 a month Council Tax on the property.
Karon added: "I have grown up in this house so it means a lot to me.
"I pay the rent every week but that doesn't seem to mean anything.
"I face having to move into a one-bedroom flat and I don't think I would be able to cope because it would be so claustrophobic.
"The memories of my family are still in this house and I should be allowed to stay.
"If my parents were still with us today they would be angry with how I am being treated."
Fiance Andrew Garner, aged 50, of London Road, Chesterton, said: "I think this is out of order and I don't see a problem when you are paying the rent.
"It is the sentimental value of living in the house and it is making Karon bad worrying about it.
"She is in full-time employment and even if they put a family in there, Aspire will only get the same amount of money."
Aspire Housing has pledged to continue working with Karon.
Caroline Baggaley, Aspire's Head of Housing, said: "We sympathise with Karon Harrison's circumstances and have provided her with our support throughout the review.
"However, Aspire has to meet the demands of families who need a three-bedroom house, especially as there is a shortage of such homes in the area.
"We have offered Karon assistance to find another property which matches her household's size according to the requirements in the Bedroom Tax which commences in April."