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Dispute over lack of bathroom facilities between council and family

By Judith Hawkins

The bathroom today on Dickens Road.
The bathroom today on Dickens Road.

A father-of-three is questioning the logic of repair work to his council home that has left him and his family without a bath, and with a toilet they have to flush using a bucket.

Phil Blewett and his wife Kelly live on Dickens Road with their children Jack, aged 11, Millie aged seven, and five-year-old Leo.

The family were due for a replacement to their damaged bathroom suite, but 28-year-old Mr Blewett is questioning why the bath which could still run water was ripped out on Monday, only for them to be told that a new one wouldn’t be installed until Thursday.

Mr Blewett said: “It is a joke. I don’t pay my rent to live like this, without a bath and a toilet you have to flush with a bucket.”

Although the property does have another toilet downstairs, Mr Blewett added ‘even that leaks’. He also pointed out that the bathroom had been left with a large hole and exposed nails in the floorboards.

He added: “It was the first day back to school for the kids and they weren’t able to have a proper wash. And I work at Environcom so I come home top to toe in dirt.”

Workmen contracted by South Kesteven District Council have been in attendance today plastering the walls of the bathroom, but Mr Blewett said that he still wanted an explanation as to why the rest of the work was taking longer.

In response SKDC have highlighted that the work was scheduled and that the tenant did not contact them with their complaint.

SKDC’s executive manager for property, Neil Cucksey, said: “The work being carried out was agreed in advance by the tenant who was informed that the bathroom would be without water and a bath for the duration. The scheduled work will be completed a day early and included a re-plaster.

“The council received no direct complaints from the tenant and was not informed of any issues relating to the downstairs WC. Once aware a plumber was sent on Tuesday to fix the issue.”


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