Dream of ‘perfect’ Midhurst home turns sour over parking

Christine and Nigel Edgington
Christine and Nigel Edgington
  • A Midhurst man who had his leg amputated eight months ago was put on CDC’s housing list with an emergency need to be rehoused
  • He and his wife thought they had found the perfect home on the new Affinity Sutton housing development with disabled parking closeby
  • Affinity Sutton claim the couple knew before they moved in there was no parking space available

A DREAM house has turned into a parking nightmare for a Midhurst man who is learning to cope after having a leg amputated.

Nigel Edgington said he was told the house on the new St Margaret’s Convent development off Petersfield Road had disabled parking with built in ramps.

This house was supposed to make it easier for us for the rest of our lives. We feel very let down

But now he and his wife Christine have been told there is no parking at all for them and they will be fined unless they keep their car in their garage.

And he said he had been left feeling frustrated, bitter and helpless after ‘promises were broken’ by developers Affinity Sutton.

“I feel so upset,” he said.

Nigel and Christine Edgington lived in Easebourne for more than 20 years. But Nigel has suffered severe health problems for the last 15 years including osteoporosis and lung disease.

In January it led to him having to undergo a leg amputation operation.

“It wasn’t possible for me to care for him in our Easebourne home,” said Christine, “so Chichester District Council put us on the housing list with a band A ‘emergency’ need for a new home.”

Before Christmas she visited the new house on the emerging Affinity Sutton development.

“It seemed perfect and I was so happy, “ said Christine.

“I was told it had disabled parking, it could be converted for Nigel with a stairlift and bathing aids and it was handy for the town so he could have independence, riding there on his mobility scooter.

“I thought it would give him a new lease of life.”

But shortly after they moved in with their sons Lee, 24, and Reece, 17, they claimed they were told there was no disabled parking available for them despite the fact at least two bays with ramps had been built close to their home.

“We applied for a parking permit to park on the site, but were turned down and then asked Affinity Sutton if we could park right outside the house and they said ‘yes’.”

But shortly after this they said they were told they could only park in their garage.

“I am really upset all I want is a parking space,” said Christine.

“This house was supposed to make it easier for us for the rest of our lives. We feel very let down.”

A spokesman for Affinity Sutton said: “We spent a lot of time with the Edgingtons prior to them accepting their new house to ensure it was suitable, as the house was not designed to Wheelchair Standards. We also worked closely with their occupational therapist and arranged for a stair lift. During these discussions we highlighted the property only had garage parking and no additional parking was available.

“This was never raised as an issue.

“The Edgingtons made enquiries about a disabled parking space. Unfortunately this is not possible, as each parking space is allocated to a specific property, as explained to them when they accepted their home. We have since met with them to see if there is anything further we can do to support them.”

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