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Lift fault which 'trapped' elderly retirement home residents fixed

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 03, 2014

Castlemeads Court

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ENGINEERS have fixed a broken lift which had left dozens of elderly men and women ‘trapped’ in a Gloucester retirement complex.

Contractors from Peverel Retirement visited Castlemeads Court in Westgate Street on Thursday morning, six days after a fault with the property’s lift brakes meant it was left out of order.

The complex has 127 flats in it and many residents in upper floor apartments were unable to get up and down the stairs.

Penny Cook, 83, who lives in a second-floor flat, was among them and was forced to miss New Year’s Eve celebrations - which coincided with her son-in-law’s birthday - because of it.

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A friend of another resident said they were essentially ‘incarcerated’ while they waited for repairs to be carried out.

Friends and family were being relied upon by many to get food and drink, while the rubbish disposal and laundry facilities on the ground floor were also inaccessible for the many wheelchair-bound or less mobile residents there.

It was initially feared the lift would not be fixed until today, but Peverel sped things along and a spokesman said it was dealt with on Thursday morning and was restored to full working order.

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