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A MUM on the brink of eviction says she fears she and her twin toddlers are going to be turfed onto the streets after rejecting the "eerie and dark" council house she was offered.
Bethan Blunt, from Barry, Wales, says she became homeless in February and was forced to move into her mum's house in Sully.
The 26-year-old says she and her three-year-old twin tots Brody and Blake moved out and into the council's Ty Iolo hostel in Ar Y Nant in late March as it was becoming overcrowded at her mum's.
Vale of Glamorgan Council placed the family under its high priority category for a two-bed house – but Bethan says she was turned away on ten bids for accommodation.
The full-time mum says she was given just one option – a house in Castleland – which she said no to over concerns about crime in the area.
Bethan says she also wants to stay in Barry as her kids are settled at a local playgroup.
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She told WalesOnline: "It was just the area. I'm not expecting a mansion.
"I would just like to be in a place which is not so drug-related and with less antisocial behaviour and violence.
"I have family friends who live round Barry and know the area and they've told me it's not a very nice place to be raising two little ones."
Bethan says the house itself also had issues and "needed lots of work done".
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She added: "There were concrete floors in the bedrooms and living room.
"And there were piles of mail all over the floor so it looked like no-one wanted the property and the council couldn't get anyone in there."
But Bethan says when she rejected the house, she was told by the council she would need to move out of the hostel by June 13.
She said: "I was very worried.
"If I was evicted I would have to go back to my mum's but it's too crowded. We were supposed to be prioritised.
"It's definitely stressful and my boys have already seen me in stages of depression because I suffer from mental health. I just want a place where I can be happy with my children.
"I don't want to move from area to area. I want to be settled in one place."
Vale of Glamorgan Council says they do their best to find families a home in their chosen area.
A spokesperson said: "Ms Blunt recently chose to bid on a property which she was successful in securing before deciding she no longer wanted to live there.
"In these circumstances the best course of action, and the one advised by Shelter Cymru, would be to move into the property offered before submitting a review of its suitability should she deem that appropriate.
"Refusing the offer of a suitable property, one that would address her family’s homelessness, at this stage would result in her being asked to vacate the hostel.
"This is in line with the Housing (Wales) Act 2014.
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"We have over 50 families currently in temporary accommodation with a further 60 being managed by the council’s housing solutions team.
"While we do all we can to offer accommodation in an applicant’s chosen area the acute shortage of rental accommodation in the Vale of Glamorgan means this is not always possible."
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