A FORMER police woman claims she is a prisoner in her own home because of council red tape.
Leonora Redmond, of Sir John Ramsden Court, Aspley, was diagnosed with bone cancer in February and had to have a tumour removed from her left leg, below the knee.
The cancer was successfully removed but Mrs Redmond, of Wakefield Road, suffered two bouts of the superbug MRSA which slowed her recovery.
Now, almost finally back to full health, the 54-year-old has become trapped in her apartment because the council refuses to put up a handrail to help prevent her from slipping on the path.
Council officials told the former Holmfirth police officer - who had to leave the force after being attacked while on duty - that they could put handrails on private properties.
But could not put one at the flats where she lives because they have a shared entrance.
She said: "The occupational therapist, who has been fantastic while I have been ill, said I might be able to get a handrail. I thought I probably would not get anything because I live in a private property.
"But I was told that I could still get the first £1,000 paid by the council.
"I was then told that because I live in a flat and it has a shared entrance I could not get any support.
"I even asked all the other people who lived here if they had a problem with me having a handrail and everybody said it was fine including the owners of the building."
Doctors now fear Mrs Redmond's recovery is suffering because she is not getting sufficient exercise.
Her tibia is being slowly stretched back to its normal length by a metal frame screwed into her leg bone. Exercise would speed up recovery and prevent her having another bone graft.
"My last x-ray showed my bone had made no progress at all," said Mrs Redmond, an English graduate from Huddersfield University.
"Whereas in the summer it was quite safe to get out of the house with my crutches, now because the ground is so slippery, I cannot make it up the slope to the street without falling.
"I need to exercise the bone. Simply putting up a handrail would help my recovery so much but because of a stupid rule the council can't do it.
"I served the community as a police officer for almost 20 years and have paid my council tax all my life.
"Now it seems when I need something back I can't get it."
A spokesman for Kirklees said: "Unfortunately the council is unable to fund or provide grant aid to cover providing adaptations to communal pathways in private grounds.
"Adaptations are means-tested and enable people to gain access to their own homes and move around and access facilities inside them.We would be willing to give advice on undertaking the adaptation to the management committee of this building should they decide to assist Mrs Redmond."