BIG-HEARTED BIKER: Fundraiser for pensioner under threat of eviction
May, 65 of Wardley Gateshead, who faces eviction from the home he has been in since he was a baby, Image: LDRS
A big-hearted biker has started a fundraiser to help a Gateshead pensioner stay in the home he has lived in since he was a baby.
Ken May moved into his council house in 1955 when he was a just a year old – but now faces being kicked out.
The 67-year-old has lived in Standfield Gardens, Wardley for 66 years, where he also cared for his dying mum.
He has no mains electricity – instead using a petrol generator to charge car batteries and stores Calor gas canisters in his home.
At a county court hearing on September 29 a district judge blasted the storage of fuel as “dangerous” and backed Gateshead Council’s bid to evict him as the property had deteriorated.
Mr May was told he has 28 days to vacate the property, however if he can show evidence that he has cleaned it up he can apply at court for eviction proceedings to be halted.
Now biker John Nesbitt, who lives in Middlesborough, has started a Go Fund Me and wants to raise £11,000 so that his electricity can be re-connected.
At the county court hearing, solicitor Shada Mellor, representing Gateshead Council, said that Mr May’s electricity had been disconnected after the supplier found out he was bypassing the meter.
Mr Nesbitt said he first heard about Mr May’s plight after seeing news coverage on social media.
The 77 year-old initially went on a Facebook page used by the region’s bikers to try and organise help but decided to set up the fundraising page.
He said: “It’ll cost around £8,000 to get the electricity to reconnect but I’ve suggested to Ken that there will need to be safety tests so decided on £11,000.”
Mr Nesbitt condemned the eviction proceedings.
He added: “It’s shocking, the bloke is 67. I know the area he lives, I was brought up in a place like that.
“He is part of the furniture, everyone knows him, he helps his neighbours. He has never asked for help up to now.”
Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter
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