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Council Tenants Had Their Bespoke £10K Kitchen Taken Away By Council Workers Upgrading Their House

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2597562/Bungling-workmen-accidentally-threw-away-couples-10-000-bespoke-kitchen-mistaking-RUBBISH.html

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/video-builders-blunder-as-south-shields-couple-s-dream-kitchen-thrown-away-1-6542488

Basically the council offered them a free kitchen, bathroom, rewiring, etc., , they said yes to everything except the kitchen, because they'd already spend £10k on one (so they claim).

Workers came in to do the wiring, they put the cupboards and work surfaces (can't really see this in the picture) outside and they were removed by the binmen. (They claim)

Council have offered them new cupboards, but they want compensation innit.

All seems a bit odd. Here in Surrey, the council would charge about £100 to remove cupboards - the binmen wouldn't touch them.

The kitchen doesn't look anything special at all.

Wonder if I can apply to the council to have my bathroom redone, we are still suffering 1970s avocado in our private rented gaff. I suspect not however. (At least none of my neighbours have attacked me with an axe I suppose - http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/man-s-christmas-day-axe-attack-on-neighbour-1-3409624)

If private contractors had done this (not via the council), she'd be taking them to court....

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2597562/Bungling-workmen-accidentally-threw-away-couples-10-000-bespoke-kitchen-mistaking-RUBBISH.html

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/video-builders-blunder-as-south-shields-couple-s-dream-kitchen-thrown-away-1-6542488

Basically the council offered them a free kitchen, bathroom, rewiring, etc., , they said yes to everything except the kitchen, because they'd already spend £10k on one (so they claim).

Workers came in to do the wiring, they put the cupboards and work surfaces (can't really see this in the picture) outside and they were removed by the binmen. (They claim)

Council have offered them new cupboards, but they want compensation innit.

All seems a bit odd. Here in Surrey, the council would charge about £100 to remove cupboards - the binmen wouldn't touch them.

The kitchen doesn't look anything special at all.

Wonder if I can apply to the council to have my bathroom redone, we are still suffering 1970s avocado in our private rented gaff. I suspect not however. (At least none of my neighbours have attacked me with an axe I suppose - http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/man-s-christmas-day-axe-attack-on-neighbour-1-3409624)

If private contractors had done this (not via the council), she'd be taking them to court....

They spent £9500 on a kitchen only five years ago - why on earth did they need a new one? Or is it normal to replace a kitchen every 5 years now?

Ours must be 20 odd years old - nowt wrong wi' it! Will admit I have been thinking about one of those 'doors and work tops'. makeovers, though....

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They spent £9500 on a kitchen only five years ago - why on earth did they need a new one? Or is it normal to replace a kitchen every 5 years now?

Ours must be 20 odd years old - nowt wrong wi' it! Will admit I have been thinking about one of those 'doors and work tops'. makeovers, though....

The work was done under the Decent Home Program. Most social tenants won't have had upgrades for years before that. My flat has been done, new kitchen, gch, bathroom and shower etc.

What you get is pretty basic (after all its social housing) but robust and functional and I guess based on what deal the Council or ALMO can get at the time. We got a choice of kitchen door colours.

Looks like a genuine mistake and there is no reason why they couldn't have kept their own kitchen. Makes you wonder why they allowed the contractors to remove the old units. They won't get 'like for like' because their old kitchen is five years old.

Over the next few years I will be replacing the 'Council' kitchen and bathroom, and putting in concealed LED lighting, however I'm waiting to here if I'm being moved, so in limbo at the moment.

Edited by aSecureTenant

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