A CAMPAIGNER is calling for urgent action to end a crisis in disabled housing in Inverclyde.

Jim MacLeod says social housing landlords must build more disabled-friendly homes in the district.

He says River Clyde Homes and Link Housing should be doing more to accommodate people with mobility problems when they are building new developments.

The councillor spoke out at a meeting of the local health and social care committee, highlighting that the new 230-housing development at the former St Stephen's site in Port Glasgow only has SEVEN homes suitable for wheelchair users to live.

Councillor MacLeod told colleagues on the committee that they are all one bedroom flats.

He now wants Inverclyde Council to act to put measures in place to ensure more houses are adapted.

Councillor MacLeod said: "Disabled people have families.

"They often have carers staying overnight, they might not be able to share a room with their partner and they might need an extra room for equipment.

"I think the situation is unacceptable and I have not been able to get an adequate response from River Clyde Homes on this.

"I have been campaigning on this issue for the last 25 years."

Mr MacLeod added that Link Housing should have provided more accessible housing in their Bay Street development and cited this as an example of a lack of commitment to providing more disabled access housing.

Council leader Stephen McCabe says Mr MacLeod's concerns should be taken seriously and addressed.

He said: "Councillor MacLeod is passionate about this and it is something that should be looked at.

"I would urge him to raise a motion at the environment and regeneration committee."