Buggy left in hallway seized as ‘health and safety risk’
A mother who left her newborn baby’s buggy in the hallway of her block of flats has had it seized by health and safety officials.Lee-Anna Futcher must pay £50 to get the pushchair back after it was confiscated for causing an obstruction.Lee-Anna, 28, left the buggy in the hallway as she struggled up two flights of stairs with her 7-day-old baby Mason and her shopping bags. When her partner, Matthew Clark-Bradbury, returned home two hours later, the pram was missing.The couple have four weeks to pay the fee or the £350 buggy will be disposed of by Bournemouth Borough Council.“Trying to pull a heavy pram up two flights of stairs would be difficult for anybody. The hallway is about six feet wide and I left it tucked out of the way. No-one else in the block complained to me about it. The council said it was a matter of health and safety, but what about the health and safety of a mum struggling upstairs with a baby?” said Lee-Anna.She now has to carry Mason around in his car seat as the family can’t afford to pay the £50 charge to get the buggy back.Ian Shaw, the council housing’s manager, said, “It’s our responsibility to ensure fire escape routes are clear. Housing officers asked residents to keep the exits clear and not to leave obstructions in the corridors. However, as this proved unsuccessful, we sent letters to residents informing them we would have to take action.”
The council could have at least left a note on the buggy if they didn't know her address.I'm sure they don't have the right to seize the buggy.
We lived in aflat,we kept two buggies on the landing outside ours,both chained up.Ours was the end of the hall though,but downstairs and all through the hallway the old couple opposite had plants and gnomes,various pots and ornaments.Officially nothing was to be in the hall way,in practice if it doesn't bother other residents it was okay.
Poor woman's just had a baby,she's just getting used to being a Mum,and this should have been handled a lot better.You'd think the council would at least be seen to be doing the decent thing.
when we visit my grandma, everything gets dumped in the hall outside her flat, carseats and or buggy, shoes andrews bike, theres room and the women next door has a desk outside covered in plants!
Thats awful poor women, so not on!!!
And a downstairs flat.I've been there.Why do they give families with little ones upstairs flats.Doesn't work for them,certainly doesn't work for them downstairs.
Sometimes with the council you get nowhere unless you speak to someone important by name.Twice we had to do that when we were council.Suprising how reasonable it made them
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