Prisoner in my own home

William Godsell in his Links Street flat
William Godsell in his Links Street flat

A disabled man says he has slammed his door closed on Fife Council after being left as a “prisoner” in his flat.

William Godsell, who has been registered blind for 36 years and has balance and mobility issues, says he has had no help from the Council or from social work since there was a flood in his Links Street property.

Hole in the floor

Hole in the floor

The Council says it wants to help but Mr Godsell says he has had enough.

“I can’t cope on my own and need help,” he said.

“They won’t give me a home help.

“A social worker came here to assess me recently but housing and social work seem to be passing the buck.

I can’t cope on my own and need help. I’m a prisoner here.

William Godsell

“I’ve had no help at all from the Council or from social work.

“I can hardly get down the path because of the steps outside the front door and there’s no security light so I can’t see out there after dark. I’m a prisoner here.”

The flood in the property, which stemmed from a leak from the bathroom sink after a hosepipe burst, has caused two holes in the floor and left floorboards damp and soft.

“I fell through the floorboards when they cracked at the entrance to the bedroom,” Mr Godsell said.

Hole in the hall roof

Hole in the hall roof

“When I told them about the flood neither came out to see me until part of the roof in the hall fell in.

“My social worker said that the hall was dirty and I was told to clean it up myself.

“That was it as far as I was concerned. No-one is getting in here now.”

Gordon Hope, housing team manager for Fife Council, said: “We continue to make efforts to engage with Mr Godsell but he currently refuses to allow any access to his flat.”

Mr Godsell has also applied to join Fife Council’s Garden Care Scheme but claims he was turned down.

The scheme is open to any Fife Council tenant who meets the criteria which includes anyone registered as disabled.

Now Mr Godsell says he has received a letter warning him he needs to tidy his garden up.

He said: “I admit it’s a bit untidy but I can’t clean it up on my own.

“I can’t see to do it and I have also been suffering from depression. I don’t know why I’m not eligible.”