Dad says family-of-four ‘at the end of our tether’ over cramped two-bed flat

A dad says his family’s mental health is suffering due to them having to share a two-bedroom flat in Abergele. Jonathan Dobson, 38, says he shares the middle-floor flat at Llys Jenkin with daughters Autumn, 16, and Erin, 11, as well as Autumn’s one-year-old son Oliver.

But Jonathan, who works in a sunbed salon, says Erin, who has autism, is forced to sleep in the family’s open-plan living room/kitchen because they only have two bedrooms. To make matters worse, Jonathan claims the kitchen is too noisy for an autistic child to sleep.

Jonathan says the family have lived at the flat for over seven years but claims things have got worse since baby Oliver was born last year. Conwy is currently in the middle of a housing crisis.

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“I’ve begged and begged the Wales and West Housing Association to move us for the last four years, but they won’t,” he said. “The first three years were OK.

“I had my bedroom, and the girls shared a bedroom, but now they can’t share a bedroom because of Erin’s autism and now the baby is here. Erin’s bedroom is the living room, but it is a living room and kitchen as one.

“We’ve got rid of the couches as there is no point. With her autism, it is really bad for Erin because of the noise from the washing machine and tumble drier.