Everybody needs good neighbours (part 2)

Recent developments in the nasty neighbour story have left me seething with anger!

After my last post about this  (https://abitmissing.wordpress.com/2013/07/31/everybody-needs-good-neighbours/) we (myself and the other parents) decided to let the  organisation who provide the support to G and his housemates deal with them… and they have been… as well as talking to the council, Environmental Health and the Police (who were/are all onside and behaving admirably…with the exception of the ignorant Councillor initially… who has now taken a back seat and will soon retire!…”Dinosaur”!).

I really felt for the CEO who clearly has better ways to be spending her time (as if running the charity in difficult times wasn’t difficult enough!) and the staff team who were/are having to deal with this harassment on a daily basis…and who have gone out of their way to make sure they don’t piss off the neighbours re parking and have done everything possible to ensure nothing changes for the people they are supporting [bless em!]

All went a bit quiet for a while and we thought that was the end of this sad and sorry tail…but, today I learned that the neighbours, who having both put their houses up for sale (at inflated prices by the way!) are sending out a petition to other neighbours!

Hateful, hateful people!…wish I could see what this petition says…or maybe I don’t! [Sobs!]

The reasonable me wants to appeal to these people’s better nature…invite them to tea to meet the people they are spreading this hatred about…get to know them and see them as the good neighbours (and lovely people) they actually are (as well as being vulnerable young people who deserve their understanding)…I want to write them a letter telling them what an impact their actions are having on me as a mother (this is my baby they are being horrible about!) …Their actions are telling me they don’t have a better nature and would never understand!

The other side of me (the pissed off, upset, hurt and angry me) wants to scream from the rooftops, go to the press and “out” these hideous, ignorant, bigoted bastards and see them charged with inciting disability hate crime!

At this moment… the other side of me is winning!

About Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN) is a not-for-profit organisation run by and for family carers of people with learning disabilities – both children and adults. Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OXFSN) was set up in 2007 by family carers who wanted to use their experience to help others in the same situation, based on our belief that family carers are experts by their lived experience.
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6 Responses to Everybody needs good neighbours (part 2)

  1. Lisa says:

    The ignorance of some people knows no bounds 😦 Truly shocking- awful people. I think I’d be with your ‘other side’, and screaming at them for their damn ignorance!! xxxx

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  3. Kathleen Ainsley says:

    I’m sorry I did not read part one but get the gist of this when reading part 2. Our eldest lives in a regular street with regular neighbours who have accepted him and his housemate and staff. When they first moved in they had an open house and invited neghbours to come and meet with them, this worked a treat. I would feel like you do within the circumstances but think I would either send the letter to highlight the dfficulties the young people are having settling into the area or introduce them via an open house for Christmas. Is there a neighnourhood watch operating in the area? or possibly a local church where the problem could be highlighted and worked through with local eople? Good luck with it all. Take no notice of this if I am way off the mark!

    Regards, Kathleen Ainsley

    • emptynestmum says:

      Hi Kathleen, yes we did all that too, but they wouldn’t come. They had issues about people with learning disabilities living there right from the start. Citing parking, cars coming and going and this summer the noise!. They’ve called the police (999) saying they thought there was abuse and obviously this had to be investigated by the police and SS (all in first part of this story!!) I think we’ve sadly gone beyond being nice! 😦

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