Cumbernauld couple’s torment in three year long disabled access row

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A disabled woman whose husband is gravely ill wants to know why they’ve waited three years for an extension to be made to their home.

Kim McBride (46) now lives on a pension after having to quit her local authority job because of spinal and nerve damage.

However, her time is now taken up with caring for her husband Jim, a former janitor who at 52 years old, has early onset dementia.

This is in addition to Multiple Sclerosis.

Back in 2013, Kim contacted North Lanarkshire Council in a bid to have full disabled access created with Jim in mind, in the home they both share in Westfield’s Inchwood Court.

Kim said she was acting on doctor’s orders as a dementia specialist from Coathill Hospital had advised that Jim should not be moved from his home.

It is claimed that NLC said they would provide the modifications – but failed to do so.

Since then, NLC has offered her two homes in Blackwood and Seafar, which have yet to be built. A fresh attempt to create modifications still has no start date.

Kim said: “My husband is losing what he has function-wise because of these delays. The council just tie you up in red tape and words with no action.”

For more on this story, see this week’s edition of the Cumbernauld News.