A DISABLED woman and her partner are sleeping rough in a van after being evicted by the borough council.
Helen Crawford and Mark Britton have been spending nights on a mattress in the back of a friend's vehicle after being told to leave the council property in Percival Road, Ellesmere Port, on Tuesday, March 7, for anti-social behaviour and noise which they do not dispute.
But they claim the council should have considered Miss Crawford's various illnesses when it offered to rehouse them.
They say they were only offered an 'inadequate' bed and breakfast in North Wales, forcing them to spend the cold nights in the van.
Miss Crawford, 36, said: 'I have special needs because of my illnesses. I've had diabetes since 1994, which requires four injections a day, so I need a fridge for my insulin.
'I've got asthma, I'm anaemic and I suffer cramps because of the diabetes. I can't walk far. I'm deaf in one ear and have a perforated eardrum in the other.
'Mark is my carer. I need a home where I can be looked after prop-erly.'
Mr Britton, 38, said: 'We were evicted on the grounds of anti-social behaviour and noise.
'There was a complaint about us, but on the other hand we have other letters from neighbours commending us.
'I even bought headphones so I could listen to music quietly without disturbing anyone. But I felt like we were walking on eggshells in our house.
'I just want to get rehoused for Helen's sake.'
Following their eviction, the pair were offered alternative accommodation at a B&B in Rhyl by borough housing officers Susan Chadwick and Andy Greening.
'But Helen would have had to climb stairs, which she can't do. And there were no cooking facilities, which is totally inadequate,' said their friend Gordon Mason.
'Helen and Mark started to make
their way there when she collapsed two miles out of Ellesmere Port. I picked them up,' he added.
After staying at a B&B in the town, they tried another B&B in Rock Ferry, before spending the Wednesday night onwards in Mr Mason's van.
He said: 'I can't have them in my home, so all I could do is put them in the back of the van. But it's been awful weather. This has put Helen in a very vulnerable position with her health.'
A borough council spokesman said: 'The tenants in question were evicted from their home due to anti-social behaviour, including shouting,
violent arguments, threatening behaviour towards neighbours and excessively loud music. Police were involved on occasions.
'This anti-social behaviour was displayed over a long period of time and this was the second time the council had taken legal action against them.
'During the eviction proceedings, the court took into account all the surrounding circumstances.
'Eviction is always a last resort, however the council is determined to take such action against tenants who make neighbours lives a misery.'