Young family living in Travelodge for months after being evicted


Charlene Pascoe, 34, with her children Freya, 12, Kieran, ten and Darcy, two. (SWNS)

A Cornwall family have been forced to live in a Travelodge for four months after being evicted from their home.

Charlene Pascoe, 34, and her three children are currently staying in a hotel room in St Austell after their landlord told them they wanted to return to the property they were renting.

The family are eligible for social housing through Cornwall Council, but a shortage of properties means they must stay in hotels until one becomes available.

The family, which includes Freya, 12, Kieran, 10, and Darcy, two, struggle to manage in the cluttered bedroom, which has three beds, a bathroom, kettle and cooler but no kitchen or living room.

They have been forced to depend on relatives and friends who live nearby for meals.

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The Travelodge in St Austell, Cornwall.  (SWNS)

The Travelodge in St Austell, Cornwall. (SWNS)

Charlene, from St Blazey, has criticized Cornwall Council for the way they have handled her case as they continue to struggle to relocate the family.

She said: “Private hire is just too expensive so we’re limited in the options we have.

“All I can do is keep looking for social housing in hopes of getting lucky, even though at the moment there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. .”

The family was first uprooted in March when their landlord decided to return to the property they were renting.

Charlene couldn’t find any affordable place in the area, and their first night after their rental ended, they spent sleeping on her mother’s floor.

Cornwall Council booked the family into a Premier Inn for a week before they were moved to the St Austell Travelodge – where they have been since.

The family of four is tired of staying in a hotel.  (SWNS)

The family of four is tired of staying in a hotel. (SWNS)

Now, 15 weeks later, they are no further along and Charlene is struggling to cope.

Charlene’s mother, Sonia Johns, 57, lives 15 minutes away by car and she spends as much time there as possible.

At her mother’s house, she can cook dinner for the children, wash their clothes and enjoy some time away from the hotel room cluttered with all their belongings.

Charlène, a worker with adults with learning difficulties, adds: “Having a two-year-old child is a real nightmare because everything is within reach.

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Charlene said communicating with the council was nearly impossible and she was rarely told about their living situation.

She said: “I search the council’s website for houses every day to get us out of this mess, but you can only bid on one property a week and it’s always really busy.

“I have a daughter in high school, a son in middle school and a toddler starting nursery in September – but if we don’t find a place soon they will have to change schools.”

Charlene pays £3.10 per night as a service charge for the room, and Cornwall Council covers the rest.

Yahoo News UK has contacted Cornwall Council for comment.


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