August 8, 2022

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Household pressured to reside in Travelodge for months after being evicted from residence

Charlene Pascoe and her three youngsters having been residing in a Travelodge for four-months (Picture: SWNS)

Charlene Pascoe and her three youngsters declare to have been residing in a lodge ever because the council evicted them from their rental residence earlier this 12 months and left them with nowhere else to go. The household has relied on household and buddies for meals and playtime away from their Travelodge room.

For the previous 15 weeks, Travelodge in St Austell, Cornwall, has been the house of Charlene, 34, Freya, 12, Kieran, 10, and two-year-old Darcy.

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Charlene stated: “Any individual stated to me in the beginning, ‘have a look at it like a vacation’ – it is most actually not a vacation.”

In March the household from St Blazey needed to go away the property they had been renting when the owner determined to maneuver again in.

Charlene couldn’t discover wherever within the space that was inexpensive for the household to reside in, so that they spent the primary night time after the tenancy ended on her mum’s flooring.

Cornwall Council then booked them right into a Premier Inn for per week earlier than they had been moved into the Travelodge the place they’ve remained since.

It’s now 15-weeks-later and they’re no nearer to being rehomed. Charlene says she is struggling to manage.

Their room has simply three beds, a toilet, a kettle and a cool field – with no kitchen or residing space.

Charlene’s mom, Sonia Johns, 57, lives a 15-minute drive away, with the household spending as a lot time there as doable.

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Sonia is ready to cook dinner dinner for the youngsters and wash their garments, and her home can also be someplace the youngsters can spend a while away from the lodge room, which is affected by all their belongings.


The household has spent 15-weeks at Travelodge with no finish date in sight (Picture: SWNS)

Charlene, a help employee for adults with studying difficulties, stated: “We have needed to put nearly all of issues in storage however the stuff we want nonetheless takes up a great deal of area. I look daily for homes on the council web site to get us out of this mess however you’ll be able to solely bid on one property per week and it is all the time so busy.

“I’ve one daughter in large college, a son in junior college and a toddler beginning nursery in September, but when we won’t discover someplace quickly they’re going to have to maneuver colleges. Daily organising meals is nerve-racking as we now have nowhere to retailer meals so it is day by day journeys to the outlets.

“We then cook dinner the meals from that store at mum’s and do all of it once more the following day. I do not know what we might do if we did not have mum’s place as a result of as quickly as we get up within the morning that is the place we go. We then solely come again to the Travelodge to sleep in any other case it is simply an excessive amount of.”

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Charlene says it has been significantly tough elevating toddler Darcy on the Travelodge, as a result of noise from different rooms and the automotive park stops her attending to sleep.

The lodge workers are sympathetic and let Kieran and Freya watch TV within the cafe whereas Charlene places her to mattress.

Charlene pays £3.10 per night time as a service cost for the room, with Cornwall Council overlaying the remainder.

She has to seek out out from reception workers each three weeks whether or not the fee for the room has been prolonged, which she finds extremely nerve-racking.

“Having a two-year-old is an entire nightmare as every part is in her attain,” Charlene stated. “She both stays in her journey cot or her moveable excessive chair after we’re within the room, because it’s to harmful to let her crawl round.

“In the intervening time it is fairly noisy as it is the summer season vacation, and individuals are typically slamming doorways and shouting. Additionally it is ridiculously scorching however once you open the home windows there’s extra noise air pollution.

“The lodge workers have been superb all through they usually’re all the time prepared to assist out if we want.”

She added: “On the minute they’re paying for the room, however there’s a service cost I am going to should reimburse them with sooner or later. I’ve labored out it must be round £350 by now – however once more, I’ve had no communication from them about when that is to be paid.

“Renting privately is simply too costly so we’re restricted within the choices we now have. All I can do is hold searching for council housing within the hope that I get fortunate – though on the minute it looks like there isn’t a gentle on the finish of the tunnel.”

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A spokesperson for the Cornwall Council stated: “We sympathise with the place that some residents are discovering themselves in as Cornwall continues to face excessive stress on the supply of housing.

“We’re dedicated to offering help for any resident confronted with homelessness.

“Nevertheless, there’s a excessive demand for lodging, together with our personal housing inventory, properties that we hire, and different lodging. 

“We proceed to supply help to all these residing in emergency lodging to assist them discover long-term houses.

“We’re taking motion to deal with Cornwall’s housing disaster from growing the supply of emergency lodging to growing the supply of latest council housing for social hire and shared possession.

“We’re working laborious to seek out appropriate emergency lodging for all those that want it and are investing £39m to extend the Council’s personal inventory of non permanent lodging to cut back the reliance on short-term lodge and B&B lodging.  

“This consists of the acquisition of latest modular houses, shopping for and refurbishing disused properties and offering devoted ‘transfer on’ lodging to help former tough sleepers on their journey in the direction of settled, everlasting, houses. ”