Struggling mum-of-six dismayed at Heather Frost 'council mansion' scandal
DEAF mum-of-six Sam Preest said she is struggling to cope in a two-and-a-half bed house.
Her five sons, one of whom is disabled, share a single bedroom at her Innsworth home.
Sam's daughter is shoehorned into a tiny box room and she and her partner Kevin, 47, sleep in another room. But a six-year battle for a bigger house goes on.
They are dismayed jobless mum-of-11 Heather Frost, who lives in nearby Churchdown, has landed a £400,000 six-bedroom Severn Vale Housing home for her large brood.
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Her mum Julie Davis-Cole said its a case of 'double standards' as Sam, who is on a training course, and Kevin, who is a factory worker at Unilever, are yet to be offered a larger home by housing provider the Guinness Hermitage Trust.
Julie said: "They are a hard working family and they pay their taxes and we have been fighting for six years to get them a larger property.
She added: "It makes your blood boil when you then read about Heather Frost who having a house built for her."
Sam's sister Laura said: "We've all been fighting for her but we're fighting a losing battle at the moment."
Sam, 33, who is profoundly deaf, said: "This is not just about my family but it is about other families too who are in need of housing."
Sharon Nash, from Guinness Hermitage, said they were aware of her situation and advised her to register with Gloucestershire Homeseeker.
"Guinness Hermitage does not have its own internal transfer list for tenants," she said.
Tewkesbury Borough Council's director of communities Verna Green said: "Samantha has been given a banding according to her housing need and she is able to bid on houses that become available through the home seeker scheme.
"Generally, we have recognised there is an increased need for larger family sized accommodation and we recently informed Samantha about a new set of houses being developed in Bishop's Cleeve.
"This option is available to Samantha."