Father’s anger over home row

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A HUNMANBY father says he is living through a “nightmare” after fighting a long-running battle with a housing association.

Peter Grimwood, 40, said he has been constantly refused properties in his home village by Yorkshire Coast Homes - and accused the organisation of putting families outside Hunmanby before him and his six-year-old son Jack.

Mr Grimwood is currently living in another housing association property in Scarborough and said the situation was making Jack ill.

The former groundworker, whose wife sadly passed away last year, had his tenancy terminated in July.

He said at least three properties had become available during that time but he was turned down, which was placing great strain on his and his son’s lives.

He said: “This is just not a stable situation for us at all, especially for Jack because he used to be such a happy go lucky lad.

“Yorkshire Coast Homes just want me to go away but it is a nightmare living in here.

“I’ve had to smash all of my furniture up and get rid of it because its too expensive for storage.”

He said he has received huge support from Hunmanby School and local doctors who have both confirmed a permanent move back to the village would be beneficial for the welfare of Mr Grimwood’s son.

Cllr Nick Harvey and MP Anne McIntosh have also waded into the argument, calling for Mr Grimwood to be highlighted as a priority case to safeguard the welfare of him and his son.

He added: “This has really affected Jack in a bad way because all of his family are in Hunmanby.

“It’s costing me around £60 a week just to get him to school in Hunmanby.

“All of this is now impacting on his school life and he’s more withdrawn and upset.”

Mike Randall, Housing Services Manager from Yorkshire Coast Homes, said the organisation were committed to helping Mr Grimwood.

He added: “Yorkshire Coast Homes are aware of Mr Grimwood’s housing application and housing need and are endeavouring to assist him and will make a suitable offer when that is possible.”