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Pensioner Touched By Local Support After Eviction Threat

Thursday August 29 2013




A PENSIONER with cancer said he was touched by pub regulars pulling together to save him from eviction.

Trevor Whittaker, 78, received letters from Berneslai Homes informing him he was in breach of his tenancy agreement due to his back garden on Roebuck Street being overgrown and would most likely have a 'notice of seeking possession' served against him if it was not cleared.

Trevor said he had been unable to keep on top of the garden, which was overgrown with brambles, due to caring for his late father, who was left severely disabled by a stroke in 1998 and died two years ago.

Trevor was also diagnosed with cancer ten months ago and is receiving treatment at Weston Park.

However, when he mentioned his predicament at his local, The Anglers' Rest, regulars including former landlady Simone Foster-Jowett flocked to his aid and have spent the last two weeks busily chopping and burning brambles around the clock, six days a week, with the help of local Scouts and Explorers.

"I think it's absolutely brilliant," Trevor said. "It's been hard work but everybody's pitched in and the Scouts have been fantastic - it would've been a lot harder without them.

"It's nice to have such good friends. It's going back to what the community was like 20 or 30 years ago and it shows it's still there - you've just got to look for it."

The garden now looks presentable and friends have even donated paving slabs to make a patio area where the brambles once stood.

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Reply Posted by kip on Thursday August 29 2013 at 11:24
Good to hear that there are still some kindly souls around,pat on the back to you all.Its just ashame that the housing people didnt use a bit of compassion in relation to this gentlemans health history.

Reply Posted by max on Thursday August 29 2013 at 13:36
Shame on those at Berneslai Homes!
I thought a gardening service was provided for the elderly? Good on those who help the gent out, happy news for a change :)

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday August 29 2013 at 14:02
Fabulous community spirit.

Reply Posted by mae brussel on Thursday August 29 2013 at 14:10
I once cleared a garden of raspberry canes that had been overgrowing for about 12 years with weeds etc it even had 3. aprox 40' conifers in. but the young woman wasnt a gardener it was from when her father had it and had died years earlier bushes had started growing through 2 sheds.
She wasnt asked to get it cleaned up or threatened with eviction she just wanted it done.
I think berneslai homes were just trying to get the house from this old man.
Good on the people for helping him out
bet that really pissed berneslai homes off

Reply Posted by Stevo on Thursday August 29 2013 at 17:07
Yes I agree, mae they were defo after the house end of.

Reply Posted by Ackerman on Thursday August 29 2013 at 16:29
Berneslai Homes should hang there heads in shame, why dont the people who sign on clear up peoples gardens when they are ill.

Reply Posted by ANN on Thursday August 29 2013 at 20:04
Unfortunately this is coming all too regular now with the local council where is the community sprit in the council there taxpayers have it maybe some councillor's could do with getting back to their roots and rolling up there sleeves and take a leave out of these peoples book they have a lot more respect in this simple open hearted gesture than they have ever earned, I used to be proud to say I was Barnsley born and bred now I don't say it any more I am apart of the Barnsley community where friendship and community are always given freely ... well done people shame on BMBC and the housing dept. for lack of help and compassion yet again for the constituents

Reply Posted by paulc on Saturday August 31 2013 at 12:01
Council......Bastards! There are people in prison for doing less than some of these council scumbags!

Reply Posted by pete cartwright on Saturday August 31 2013 at 13:05
Now that is what proper yorkshire spirit is all about good job people its nice to see

Reply Posted by mel on Saturday August 31 2013 at 13:56
Well done to the people who helped this gentleman out. nice to read something nice for a change.

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday September 1 2013 at 00:37
I hoped they picked the blackberries first, they make delicious pies and wine!

Reply Posted by Alex on Sunday September 1 2013 at 01:23
Barnsley coucil have always thought of money before people. Remember the Howard brothers of Rose cottage Worsbrough common. If you don't, it was a famous case, even found it's way in the Glasgow herald.

Reply Posted by christine camichel on Sunday October 16 2016 at 09:13
I have just this morning re watched the Howard brothers fight to keep their property,televised in 1984,both brothers were in their late sixties and Rose cottage had been in the family for a hundred years,in the program they were visited by two housing officials who made my blood boil,they were the most ridiculous supercilious people i have seen in a job that requires diplomacy and respect,these two twits had neither,they seemed to taunt the older brother telling him they had a nice little terraced cottage with a shared court yard he told them to go away and leave his property(and told the female officer she should have her hands in the wash tub and not poking her nose into his business Hilarious)these two elderly brothers could not understand how a council could take their property without their permission.This program was heartbreaking resulting in Police and Housing officials breaking into the brothers property and causing injury to the elder brothers eye.You can watch the program on Dave Cherry facebook page.

Reply Posted by x on Sunday September 1 2013 at 14:57
just when i thought that there was only the greedy, selfish, only care less about themselves sort left in barnsley out jumps the community spirit that i remember when i was younger.i knew there had to be some selfless people left in our town.well done all of you

Reply Posted by PaulC on Tuesday September 3 2013 at 00:47
Only in Barnsley......Great people!

Reply Posted by p on Tuesday September 3 2013 at 11:20
Let me have a guess this person must be English because only a English council tennant would get an eviction notice, so why am I saying this, well people there is a council house at New Lodge which is occupied by a non english tennant and this paricular tennant does not look after there house. Graffiti all over the front of the house, garden with bags of rubbish and garden overgrown. She still lives there? Confussing but why does this person not get a evication notice?