Share

Clear

Thu

19°C | 5°C

Sunny spells

Fri

11°C | 4°C

Sunny spells

Sat

12°C | 7°C

Home   Dartford   News   Article

Mother Lisa Bowden calls on priest to bless Stone home after previous tenant dies there

08 December 2013
by Thom Morris

Lisa Bowden returned to emergency accommodation because she could not stand to live in her new home.

Ms Bowden said she would “rather be dead” than live in the flat in Stone.

The 40-year-old and her nine-year-old son were placed in the accommodation in the borough in March and were put on the bidding list for a Dartford Borough Council-owned property.

Lisa Bowden, who wants to move from her Dartford council home

Lisa Bowden, who wants to move from her Dartford council home

The mother-of-four said: “I was told I had to take the property or I’d be making myself intentionally homeless.

“I had no choice but to accept so I tried to have an open mind and stay positive. I even rang family members and friends to help organise to decorate when I signed the tenancy agreement.

“In my culture, as a gypsy, it’s not appropriate and is forbidden for someone to move in when someone has passed away in the property.

“I could smell the death. I organised for a priest to come in to the property with me to bless the flat.

“On the morning of the priest coming, I was with my daughters and the priest entered and as I followed behind him I had flashbacks of my brother who passed away in April.

“I could smell the death. I organised for a priest to come in to the property with me to bless the flat" - Lisa Bowden

“I had a panic and asthma attack and my daughter had to rush me to my doctor.”

Lisa says the council would not offer her another property and her daughter, Lisa-Marie, 24, brought in a counsellor after she became suicidal.

“I am an ex-heroin addict and opposite the property were heroin addicts.

“On arrival with the priest, there was a male in the communal area outside my door smoking cannabis which I found unacceptable for both me and my son.

“I feel I have been very mistreated and feel disgusted and disheartened by this ordeal.

“Why would they put me in this situation?”

She now plans to take legal action against the council.

Dartford Borough Council had not commented at the time of going to press.

Click here for more news from Dartford.

Click here for more news from around the county.

Comments 
Sorry, comments are not enabled for this article.

Login or register to post commentsPost Comment

Forgotten Password?

Forgotten Username?

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments.
Please click here for our house rules.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.