Taunton tenant 'disgusted' after kitchen floods for FOURTH time

This is The West Country: Taunton tenant 'disgusted' after kitchen floods for FOURTH time Taunton tenant 'disgusted' after kitchen floods for FOURTH time

A TENANT says he was “fobbed off” by Taunton Deane Council after his kitchen flooded for the fourth time in a year.

Paul Smith, 56, claims a pipe at his rented flat in Upper Holway Road, Taunton, has caused him endless problems since moving in.

He said the latest leak meant severe disruption for him and his 82-year-old mother, Margaret, and he is calling on the council to fix the problem once and for all.

Mr Smith said: “I’m disgusted.

Why should we have to live like this?

“All I want is for the council to be honest, tell us what’s going on and stop fobbing us off.

“It’s shocking. I’ve had to leave work to come home and mop out the kitchen, and this is worse than last time.”

The main problem is with the pipe at the back of the washing machine which keeps coming loose, claims Mr Smith.

A council spokesman said: “The council can’t comment on individual cases due to rules concerning privacy, but when a tenant advises of leaking pipe work the council will investigate to determine whether there’s an underlying problem or the fault is due to a plumbing installation carried out by others, for example.

“The council will continue to work with the tenant until the issue is resolved.

“All tenants are given contact details so they can let us know of problems, and these can also be found on the calendars which go out to all tenants.”

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12:09pm Sun 29 Dec 13

nat_11 says...

Move then - rent private accomodation
Move then - rent private accomodation nat_11

1:07pm Sun 29 Dec 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Why does this man keep moaning about the TDBC, if he has a a property rented from the afore mentioned council it will be unfurnished and as such the washing machine pipe is nothing to do with them and he should perhaps hire someone himself or brush up on his diy skills.
Why does this man keep moaning about the TDBC, if he has a a property rented from the afore mentioned council it will be unfurnished and as such the washing machine pipe is nothing to do with them and he should perhaps hire someone himself or brush up on his diy skills. FreeSpeech?

1:21pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Dr Dave says...

Yes - rather than consistently moaning about TDBC and how bad they are why doesn't he either fix it himself or just get it fixed at his expense, sparing him all this trouble of cleaning up each time??
Yes - rather than consistently moaning about TDBC and how bad they are why doesn't he either fix it himself or just get it fixed at his expense, sparing him all this trouble of cleaning up each time?? Dr Dave

3:14pm Sun 29 Dec 13

prickles says...

Clearly the problem is the pipe attached to the washing machine which is not the councils problem. Why doesn't he just get someone to fix it on properly. And stop wasting council time and money.
Clearly the problem is the pipe attached to the washing machine which is not the councils problem. Why doesn't he just get someone to fix it on properly. And stop wasting council time and money. prickles

7:06pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Somerset Tourist says...

Yellow pages, after O but before Q you will find a section called P. when you get there, try P L U M . . . . That generally helps most people with a leak in their house, those that have to pay themselves anyway.
Yellow pages, after O but before Q you will find a section called P. when you get there, try P L U M . . . . That generally helps most people with a leak in their house, those that have to pay themselves anyway. Somerset Tourist

7:10pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Somerset Tourist says...

In addition, Somerset County Gazette, is this really news? The media just eggs on people like this.
In addition, Somerset County Gazette, is this really news? The media just eggs on people like this. Somerset Tourist

7:26pm Sun 29 Dec 13

oxyheamaglobin says...

Jesus"...you people sound like victor meldrew gone mad.........how SAD!
Jesus"...you people sound like victor meldrew gone mad.........how SAD! oxyheamaglobin

8:49pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Dr Dave says...

oxyheamaglobin wrote:
Jesus"...you people sound like victor meldrew gone mad.........how SAD!
You referring to the guy complaining about his leaky pipe to TDBC? Thought so!
[quote][p][bold]oxyheamaglobin[/bold] wrote: Jesus"...you people sound like victor meldrew gone mad.........how SAD![/p][/quote]You referring to the guy complaining about his leaky pipe to TDBC? Thought so! Dr Dave

11:07pm Sun 29 Dec 13

Wurzel Bob says...

The second story within a couple of months which attempts to make TDBC out to be the bad guys... If you want to install a wood burner, buy your own house - if you have a leaking pipe, sort it out yourself / at your own expense.
Council tenants don't have it tough, they have it easy!
P.S. Who else remembers Supergran?!
The second story within a couple of months which attempts to make TDBC out to be the bad guys... If you want to install a wood burner, buy your own house - if you have a leaking pipe, sort it out yourself / at your own expense. Council tenants don't have it tough, they have it easy! P.S. Who else remembers Supergran?! Wurzel Bob

10:11pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Mi_Coc says...

If you don't want a council property these us a long list of many thousands who do.

You pay a lot less than private tenants!
If you don't want a council property these us a long list of many thousands who do. You pay a lot less than private tenants! Mi_Coc

7:32am Tue 31 Dec 13

Cynic1 says...

Also the house looks to be sloping as they are both leaning to their right. Get it sorted TDBC.
Also the house looks to be sloping as they are both leaning to their right. Get it sorted TDBC. Cynic1

8:04pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Bizzie Lizzie says...

Please do not give these people any more attention Taunton Gazzette, they do not deserve it. Feel sorry for TDBC, shame they did not speak out against these people! Maybe the tenants should rent privatly and give some other sole this property so it could be properly looked after by the deserving tenants!!!!!!!
Please do not give these people any more attention Taunton Gazzette, they do not deserve it. Feel sorry for TDBC, shame they did not speak out against these people! Maybe the tenants should rent privatly and give some other sole this property so it could be properly looked after by the deserving tenants!!!!!!! Bizzie Lizzie

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