Jenny’s fight to move her tum­ble dryer rum­bles on

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Tesco Smash - By Ai­dan Bar­low

A dis­abled coun­cil house ten­ant says she is strug­gling to cope with her wash load be­cause the coun­cil has re­fused to move a tum­ble dryer into her kitchen.

Jenny Blunt and her hus­band Tony live in a bun­ga­low in Copperfield Close in By­brook and are both dis­abled, and say the bur­den of house­hold chores has pushed them to their limit.

Re­tired oc­cu­pa­tional health ther­a­pist Jenny suf­fers from lym­phedema in her arm fol­low­ing breast can­cer and needs a knee op, while Tony has a bad back and a re­place­ment knee.

She says when the kitchen was re­fit­ted two years ago the tum­ble dryer had been in the plans for the kitchen, but it was placed in the spare room in­stead.

She said: “They said they would put it in the kitchen but they didn’t do it.

“So now I’m hav­ing prob­lems car­ry­ing the wash­ing.

“My lym­phedema is get­ting in­creas­ingly worse in my arm and I’m not al­lowed to carry any­thing. I kept on try­ing as I’m not one to give up on any­thing, but now it’s reached the stage where it needs to be moved as a mat­ter of ne­ces­sity.

“The coun­cil have said we would have to pay from our own ex­pense, but it’s hard be­cause we’re both re­tired and on a fixed bud­get.

“We’ve had prob­lems in the past with the coun­cil, when we’ve asked for plumbers and sat in all day wait­ing, only for an elec­tri­cian to turn up.

“We would ask our neigh­bours to help us move it, but we live next door to an el­derly lady, while my son works long hours in his job and then is on call as a fire­fighter at night.”

She says the work re­quired would need a car­pen­ter to re­move one of the kitchen units in or­der to fit the tum­ble dryer, but es­ti­mates it would only take an hour for a skilled trades­man.

She added: “The coun­cil’s re­sponse has been very up­set­ting. We are both reg­is­tered dis­able and we pay our rent, and keep it in a rea­son­able state of re­pair.

“They are re­fus­ing to do it point blank. I asked them to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion, but they said no.”

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‘It’s reached the stage where it needs to be moved as a mat­ter of ne­ces­sity’

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Jenny Blunt with the tum­ble dryer

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