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Paralympic medallist Danielle Watts' house 'too small'

  • 21 November 2011
  • From the section Oxford

Former Paralympic medallist Danielle Watts has been told she is "adequately housed" despite claims that the home she is living in is too small.

She shares a housing association flat with disabled husband Jamie Swann and their assistance dog in Wheatley, Oxfordshire.

Ms Watts said the daily struggle of moving from room to room in their wheelchairs was "an absolute disgrace".

South Oxfordshire District Council said it could reassess the situation.

It is currently waiting for a report from A2Dominion, the housing group that owns the flat.

'Absolute disgrace'

A spokesman said: "We have just over 3,014 people on the housing list at the moment, many in great need, and we prioritise housing to those in most need.

"At present there are not enough new houses being built to meet the demand.

"The council has received an application from Ms Watts and is processing this in the normal way."

The couple were married 18 months ago, but Mr Swann said the restrictive environment was taking its toll on the relationship.

"We're constantly getting at each other all the time and you don't do that when you're newlyweds," he said.

Ms Watts added: "Every time you want to move from room to room one of us has to move into the other room, and it seems that every day everything is a struggle."

Danielle Watts represented Great Britain at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing games.

In 2003 she broke world records in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 100m backstroke and the 50m backstroke.

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