A week of worry for Brian Penny over new door

Brian Penny, who suffers from micromania, and is complaining about the new outer door to his flat in Elizabeth Road, Stamford
Brian Penny, who suffers from micromania, and is complaining about the new outer door to his flat in Elizabeth Road, Stamford
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A DISABLED man spent a week worrying about his safety after council workers installed a door with handles too high for him to reach.

Brian Penny was left confused and angry when workers from South Kesteven District Council arrived to replace the outer door to the block of flats where he lives in Elizabeth Road, Stamford, on Monday last week. They installed a heavier door with a handle almost out of his reach.

The glass was also frosted, which left Mr Penny, who suffers from a rare chromosome disorder, at risk of being knocked over by someone entering the building from the opposite direction.

After Mr Penny and his carer Zoe Hodgson, of Essex Road, Stamford, complained to the district council last week, workers arrived on Tuesday to lower the door handle and replace the glass and lock.

But Mr Penny said: “I can manage to get the door open more easily now but it is still a shame that I had to complain to the council in the first place.

“If they had taken my disability into account, they could have saved themselves a lot of time and hassle.”

Mr Penny’s disability has limited his growth and he stands at 3ft 4ins tall. He relies on a walking stick.

He also suffers from severe arthritis and trapped nerves in his neck, which he says has been made worse by reaching up to the handle, which stood 7in higher than the handle on his own front door.

Mr Penny, who has lived in the ground floor flat in Elizabeth Road for 22 years, said: “I was really worried about my safety because if someone had knocked me over coming the opposite way, I could have had a serious injury.

“It was also a fire risk. It was a very big worry but I am glad it is sorted now.”

Head of community assets at the district council Paul Stokes said: “We apologise for the delay in getting back to Mr Penny but our teams were under intense pressure dealing with flooding issues across the district.

“We are disappointed it has taken us time to resolve this but we have still completed the work within five working days.”