by NEIL GREENLEES
A 77 year old Lisburn man who is currently
living in a residential home at Knockbracken says he desperately
wants to return to his home town.
Mr. Stanley Knox, who has applied for a
sheltered dwelling in the city, is originally from the Antrim
Road area but is now a resident of Saintfield Lodge close to
Knockbracken Healthcare Park (formerly Purdsyburn Hospital).
He likes to visit Lisburn frequently but is
finding this increasingly difficult as he has to use a walking
aid. The journey by public transport involves either two buses
or a bus and train. However, Mr. Knox now finds it necessary to
use a taxi at times which can cost as much as £12.00.
He recently visited Lisburn and inquired
about his application at the Antrim Street Housing Executive
office but was told it was being dealt with by the
organisation's staff in Castlereagh.
Mr. Knox feared this meant he would not be
allocated a home in Lisburn. However, an Executive spokesperson
explained his application was being dealt with in Castlereagh
because he currently lives in the Castlereagh Housing Executive
"Mr. Knox has applied to live in a sheltered housing complex
in Lisburn and his application has been assessed," the
spokesperson continued."At this stage we are unable to say when
suitable accommodation will become available. However, we are
working with the Social Services to try to resolve Mr. Knox's
housing situation as quickly as possible."