David Weir's stunning exploits at the Paralympics Games in London last year made him a national hero - in the eyes of everyone except the local authorities, it seemed.
The 34-year-old, who has won six Paralympic gold and six IPC World Championship gold medals in a career as a wheelchair racer, had asked his local housing association for a home with a downstairs loo, to save him from dragging himself up and down the stairs every time he wanted to relieve himself.
Tuesday's edition of The Sun ran a story about how Weir's request for a three-bedroom house on the Roundshaw Estate in Wallington, South London, had fallen on deaf ears.
That decision had been made by the local housing association, Roundshaw Homes, who were apparently afraid of being accused of favouritism if they had granted the request to the Paralympian when there are hundreds of other families on the waiting list.
But Sutton Council have now stepped in on his behalf, and have pledged to find Weir and his family a more suitable house.
Just as well, you might think, considering that the council actually renamed the local leisure centre in his honour just last year!
The athlete, who was awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours List, currently lives with his fiancee, Emily, and their two children in a house on the estate that has only an upstairs toilet.
"After the Games, Roundshaw said they had a three bedroom house going, but then told us we couldn’t have it because they did not want to look like they were showing favouritism towards David," Emily explained to the paper.
Weir's mother was outraged that he had not been offered something more suitable.
"He's a national hero but he can't find a decent house and the council aren't helping," his mother, Jacqueline, had told The Sun.
"He's simply too good to have a nice house. He's not a jailbird or a junkie so as far as they're concerned he just has to make do with what he's got."
Sutton Council told the Evening Standard that they had intervened, that they, "are close to resolving his housing requirements," and that, "We are hopeful that a suitable property has been identified that could meet the needs of David and his family."
Weir's neighbours are clearly still outraged, despite the problem now being resolved.
"It looks to me like they have now done a big U-turn. It was a disgrace that they didn't do it in the first place," one neighbour, Stella Davies, told the Daily Mail.
Another of Weir's neighbours, Daniel Smith, was even more outspoken as he told the same paper, "Everyone knows him around here. He is a bloody hero and this is what they do to him. They do the same thing to soldiers.
"They give all this help to people who don't deserve it and when it comes to a guy like him, they won't help. What is wrong with this country?"