mp slams delay on helping stuck oaps

John Howell, MP for Henley
John Howell, MP for Henley

An MP has blasted a seven-month delay on fixing a broken lift which has left pensioners trapped in their homes.

A lift at the Sharman Beer Court retirement flats has been out of action for more than 20 weeks.

It was due to be fixed on May 19, but residents were devastated to hear that the works would not go ahead on time.

John Howell, MP for Henley, said: “It is totally unacceptable. We can’t have this, with people being trapped in their homes.”

Sanctuary Housing, which runs the flats says that although the new lift is ready and waiting, contractors have stalled on setting a date to install it.

Mr Howell said: “We know the reasons behind the delay, but those are unacceptable too. The company has kept the residents informed, but I am putting pressure on them to fix this problem as soon as possible. “

A spokesman from Sanctuary Housing said that stair lifts have been installed to help the situation.

He said: “We were informed late last week that the residents’ chosen contractor was unable to begin work on May 19 as agreed, but are keeping residents informed and doing everything we can to ensure the works take place as quickly as possible.

“We are seeking clarification as to the reasons behind the delay and pushing for a firm start date. In the meantime, stair lifts have been installed to help residents get out and about while the lift is being replaced.”