A DISABLED Dundee woman says she’s being denied the chance to get out of her home — because of red tape.
Linda Menzies, 55, told the Tele last month how she’d only left her house once in six years because of mobility problems, and a lack of access in and out of her council property in Bruce Street.
But weeks later, she’s still waiting to get out of her home amid claims her carers can’t help her due to the door frame.
It’s said to be too high, meaning her wheelchair would have to be physically lifted to get her on to ramps which have been added to her property.
Linda says she’s been moved to tears after not being able to enjoy the recent good weather while others can.
She said: “I’m angry and upset because I’m being thwarted at every turn in my efforts to get out and about.
“I’m being forced to watch everyone else enjoying the sunshine while I have to sit in my house, not able to get out.”
The last time she was able to enjoy a day out of her home of her own volition was back in 2010.
Linda has been housebound following an injury she received in a fall almost 30 years ago.
The only time she has been outdoors was to move house last summer — and that was a trip in an ambulance from door to door.
Linda had hoped that moving to her new home on the ground floor would mean she could get out more.
She tried for a year to get the council to fit a ramp but her attempts were unsuccessful.
Then Dundee’s charity hero Charlie Kean supplied Linda with portable running ramps that would allow her wheelchair to be pushed out of her house.
She said: “I thought that was the answer to my prayers and I was so looking forward to getting outside.
“The weather this week would have been perfect for me to start getting out but so far I haven’t managed.
“My carers have told me that while they would love to help they are simply not allowed to.
“I seem to be in a catch-22 situation because of bureaucracy and red tape.
“I don’t know how to get round this problem of getting my wheelchair over inch of door frame.”
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “The council is continuing to speak with the family.”