I didn't think at any stage that it would result in this as I thought when I appealed it had some process to go through and I thought I was still in some process. Now I can see I was but Redbridge Council did not inform me. I never had any letters from Redbridge Council at any stage.
I was told on Monday 10.12.12 by the bailiffs and the CCTV person that the onus was on me to track the process but I am not a mind reader and I have read many council documents over the last three days and I can’t find the information that the onus was on me to track the process of appeal.
As a physically disabled person, I am now housebound. My car is my independence and an integral part of every day. I have two medical appointments coming up on the 18.12.12 to test for none alcoholic fatty liver syndrome and 21.12.12 to find out why I have developed tremors and that I now have very little fine motor skills in both hands. As my car is clamped I worry that I will not be able to make these important appointments. I suffer from fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibrous dysplasia, grade 3 chondromalacia of the lateral compartment of the patella femoral joint, a fissure of the medial femoral condyle and osteoarthritis of my left knee, achilles tendonitis of my right ankle, polymyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and polyarthralgia. I use two crutches to walk with at all times. So I would not have let the appeal get this far if I was told two months ago that the onus was on me to trace and track the process that the council has no duty to keep the appellant informed.
The car is not just an fundamental part of my life, it also is the way in which my carer helps me to live as independent as possible, a way in which I am able to go shopping, a way in which I can put electric on my key, a way I can go to work, a way in which allows my carer to get to me in 20 minutes rather than two hours.
As Christmas is on its way and the cold bites, I become less able to do things physically and the responsibility on my carer becomes greater. Yet I am now housebound and the long journey my carer has to make, results in me not having enough food, milk and bread and that my electricity runs out and this means I am without hot water and heating relying on candles.
So you can see from the brief explanation above my car is my lifeline and now it’s been taken away. In my defence I did not know two months ago I had to follow up and track my appeal. An appeal is a when you disagree with a decision and want to dispute it. My understanding of an appeal is that a petition which can be done by filing a written complaint or verbally in court against a decision. I appealed and time went by and the council obviously won and the result was doled out and found me in this position of me losing and the council winning. I have realised this week that the individual alone, has no chance of winning against the council/system and that an appeal is pointless.
We can’t fight the system and yet when we do what the system asks we still are defeated.