We wear coats to bed after being forced into disgusting temporary housing

A COUPLE says they have to sleep in their coats in their “absolutely disgusting” shelter.

Doreen and Phillip Nightingale said they had no choice but to move into the house after being thrown out of their old home in retirement.

The windows in the house are broken, said the couple


The windows in the house are broken, said the coupleCredit: BPM

Doreen, 62, and Phillip, 66, said the property was infected with black mold and the kettle was not working.

To make matters worse, they also pay £ 45 a night for the hateful house – that is, in Milton Keynes, Bucks, miles from Cambridge, where they lived, worked and raised a family.

Phillip worked as a caretaker at St. Peters School in Huntingdon, Cambs for 28 years.

He had to retire due to a work injury, leaving him and his wife Doreen, 62, no choice but to move out.

Doreen also worked in schools.

Her daughter-in-law, Melanie Booker, told Cambs Live the couple had served the local authority for most of their lives, adding that she hoped they would receive better treatment in retirement.

Melanie also blew up the emergency shelter as “absolutely disgusting”.

She said her mother and father-in-law were forced to live in a freezing cold house with broken windows, dirty carpets, and black mold.

They are so cold that they wear their coats inside.

She said, “My husband Phil and I are devastated that such hard working, loving, and thoughtful people have been treated without the empathy or respect they rightly deserve.

“How the Council can justify this place is a mystery to me, it must be condemned.”

Melanie also expressed concern that the accommodation was “nowhere near” her family.

The couple who have lived and worked in Huntingdon all their lives now reside in Milton Keynes.

It also means Phillip is miles from the hospital, where he has regular appointments due to a foot injury.

The couple claim they were initially offered another unsuitable property with a “tiny” bedroom and no parking space.

A Cambridge Council spokesman said: “Mr and Mrs Nightingale were offered a bungalow before they had to leave their home, which was linked to Mr Nightingal’s job with Cambridgeshire County Council.

Unfortunately, they found themselves unable to take up the offer, so at the time they left their bonded apartment the county council offered them emergency shelter while we worked with them on other housing options.

“Since there was no emergency shelter available in the district at the time, we offered a separate piece of land in Milton Keynes while we made arrangements to find an alternative to bring her back to the area.

“We apologized for the unacceptable condition of this emergency shelter and agreed to move it to the district as soon as we have a suitable vacancy.

“In the meantime, we have offered to find another shelter, but given current availability, this would be outside the area.

“Mr. and Ms. Nightingale have declined this offer and have chosen to stay at the current property while the property provider takes steps to resolve the issues.

“We will continue to work with the family to bring them back to the area as soon as a suitable position becomes available.”

The house has a lot of black mold, said the couple


The house has a lot of black mold, said the coupleCredit: BPM
The couple are miles away from their family


The couple are miles away from their familyCredit: BPM
You said the house is freezing


You said the house is freezingCredit: BPM

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