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Family's dream to sleep apart

PUBLISHED: 17:02 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 23 August 2010

A FRUSTRATED mother-of-three says all four of her family are forced to sleep in a one-bedroom flat as their council cannot re-house them. Keely Bristow moved into the council flat in July 2004 when she was pregnant with her first child Cheyenne, now five

A FRUSTRATED mother-of-three says all four of her family are forced to sleep in a one-bedroom flat as their council cannot re-house them.

Keely Bristow moved into the council flat in July 2004 when she was pregnant with her first child Cheyenne, now five.

The mum has since had two other children, Ella, three, and Harrison, one.

Despite the growing size of her family she has not been offered a larger flat and all four have to share the one room.

The 23-year-old claims the cramped conditions have left her feeling depressed and is starting to have an effect on her children.

She said: "My eldest daughter is starting school in September and I just think she needs her own room.

"When she goes round to her friends' houses she comes back saying, 'I really want my own bedroom. When are we going to get our own house?' That's why I feel so down because I can't provide for her.

"I have got three beds and a cot in one room. There's no floor space at all and I can't even have a wardrobe in the room to put my clothes in because it is too small.

"I have been feeling down for quite a while now. I just don't want to live her anymore."

The full-time mum says despite repeatedly calling Gravesham Borough Council, its staff have done nothing to help her.

She said: "I just think they are a joke really. I really do.

"When I phone them up to ask for appointments they just tell me there's nothing they can do for me and that they haven't got any appointments for me. They are just not interested in helping me at all.

"I have had people round to me and they have said there are people worse off than me and it's fine to live how I am living but I have not got my own space and the kids have not got their own space."

A council spokesperson said: "If an applicant has an issue with a decision of the council there is a procedure for dealing with it fairly.

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