Couple forced to live in tent

Nick Alger and Chloe Hutchings are relying on friends for shelter

Nick Alger and Chloe Hutchings are relying on friends for shelter

First published in News

A HOMELESS couple say they have been living in a tent and sofa surfing after accommodation arranged by their local council was suddenly withdrawn.

Nick Alger, 31, and Chloe Hutchings, 24, were living with Miss Hutchings’ father in a one bedroom flat in Mallards, Mayland, for ten months.

They moved out on February 28 due to tensions and lack of space and Maldon District Council organised temporary accomodation at a Harlow hotel until payment to the hotel, from the council, stopped.

They lived in a tent behind Chloe’s mother’s house in Mundon Road, Maldon, for a week and now rely on friends for shelter.

Miss Hutchings, who has mental health problems, including bi-polar disorder and depression, said: “It’s the worst nightmare, living like this, I feel let down and forgotten.”

Full story in the Standard.

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7:05pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Chris Danes says...

I hope the people who voted for this sort of cruelty in our district feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves.
I hope the people who voted for this sort of cruelty in our district feel thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Chris Danes
  • Score: -6

8:29pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Jack222 says...

There is a big back story here I suspect;...
There is a big back story here I suspect;... Jack222
  • Score: 6

7:24am Sat 19 Apr 14

Regbluebottle says...

ISounds like a ruse to get themselves housed quicker and continue to live off the backs of others who pay Council Tax.
ISounds like a ruse to get themselves housed quicker and continue to live off the backs of others who pay Council Tax. Regbluebottle
  • Score: 7

7:16am Wed 23 Apr 14

Latchingdon says...

Being given a free house is not a God given right! If they don't wish to wait for their free house (which we have to pay for!!) - then they are very welcome to go and rent one........ or even BUY THEIR OWN!!
Being given a free house is not a God given right! If they don't wish to wait for their free house (which we have to pay for!!) - then they are very welcome to go and rent one........ or even BUY THEIR OWN!! Latchingdon
  • Score: 3

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