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Take a look around this fully-adapted Dalton home — which has sat empty for five months

The home has wheelchair access, a lift and a tracking system - yet there have been no takers.

A home which is fully-adapted for disabled people has been sitting empty for five months.

Landlord Jim Lillie says he can’t believe no-one has shown interest in the Dalton home, which is ideal for people with disabilities.

“There must be thousands of disabled people in the UK who struggle to find rented properties with disabled access”, Jim said.

“I can’t for the life of me work out why there has been no interest.”

The property on Kirkstone Avenue has full wheelchair access and has been fitted with a lift and tracking systems in the upstairs rooms.

It was adapted in partnership with Yorkshire-based charity the Avalon Group, who run a supported living project for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

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It formerly belonged to pensioner Gwyneth Bloom, who has Multiple Sclerosis and was paralysed from the neck down.

Gwyneth was an artist who painted landscapes with her mouth, and managed to secure the home with the help of MP Barry Sheerman after separating from her husband.

She died in September aged 70 after catching pneumonia in hospital and the house has been empty ever since.

Jim is a landlord based in Bedale, North Yorkshire, who buys homes to adapt them for people with learning disabilities.

He works with Avalon, who initially contacted him about the house for Gwyneth in 2004.

Jim also has houses in Dewsbury, Liversedge, Batley and further afield in Skipton, Bedale and Scarborough.

John Spivey, who cared for Gwyneth, said: “I have been in and out of the house over the past 12 years.

“Gwyneth was a fantastic lady and broke a lot of hearts when she left.

“I do hope that the house doesn’t sit empty and someone else is able to take it on.”

Jim added: “There must be someone in the area who needs a home with these kind of facilities who is willing to take it.

“If we had to take out all the facilities and re-sell it as just a normal house it would be such a shame, particularly as these houses are hard to come by.”



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