28 October 2009
Consumer alleges he was victim of disability discrimination
A consumer has launched a bid for compensation, claiming he was the victim of disability discrimination.
Amateur gardener David Roderick was banned from his allotment following complaints about his dog, with association members at the St Aidan's Road allotment in Carlisle suggesting it was causing a nuisance.
The 31-year-old, who has interpersonal learning difficulties, says the plot was a "therapeutic environment" for him and he suffered a nervous breakdown as a result of losing it.
His claim states: "The local authority has discriminated by forcibly moving Mr Roderick from his environment," the Cumberland News reports.
It goes on to suggest that Carlisle City Council acted unlawfully by breaking the Disability Discrimination Act.
The local authority, which is headquartered in the city's Civic Centre, disputes the allegations made by Mr Roderick.
A spokeswoman for the organisation said it had no evidence of his breakdown and it does not agree with the account of events he has put forward.