Readers back Linda’s fight to stay put

FURIOUS Gazette readers have hit out at a housing group, after a woman with learning difficulties has become embroiled in a desperate fight to stay in her home.

Last week, we revealed how partially deaf Linda Graham and her family were trying to resist plans by Isos Housing, who want to move her from her two-bedroom Hadston bungalow – claiming that it is larger than she needs – and re-house her in a smaller property.

Linda, 47, who also suffers from anxiety, moved into the Hedgehope Crescent home last year with her mother but has been living there alone since the middle of February after the 85-year-old died.

And those fighting her corner say she is happy where she is, feels safe and is surrounded by caring neighbours.

Isos has refused to budge, though, and has claimed that it has handled the case sensitively, is working closely with all parties concerned to find Linda a new, suitable home, and that it has an obligation to those in housing need around the area.

But this stance has sparked a critical response from the public and some of our readers vented their anger at Isos after we posted the story online last week.

Writing on our Facebook page, Louise Bowie branded the situation ‘disgusting’, adding: “She is obviously happy where she is, why cause Linda more upset by moving her. Linda I’m behind you, you should NOT be moved.”

Other Facebook users wrote in support of Linda, while readers also backed her in messages left on our website.

Linda’s brother Colin, from Widdrington, said that he was ‘over the moon’ with the response and that the majority of people he had spoken to were on Linda’s side, and he wished Isos would back down.

He said that Linda has since been offered a one-bedroom property in the village but added: “Still in the bottom of my heart, I don’t want Linda to move. But if they are not going to change their minds, what can I do?”

Our story prompted a letter from Isos, which reiterates the group’s point of view.

It also refutes that she is being evicted or forced out of her home.