Housing association tenants wait two years for kitchen to be finished - whilst still wondering how they ‘lost’ half their garden!

Michael and Rose Venni of Wimlington Road March, Picture: Steve Williams.

Michael and Rose Venni of Wimlington Road March, Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A couple who have waited two years for a housing association to finish fitting a new kitchen are also querying how they came to lose most of their back garden!

Rosie and Michael Venni have missing kitchen cupboards at their home in March. Picture: Steve Willia

Rosie and Michael Venni have missing kitchen cupboards at their home in March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Rosie and Michael Venni say they have also lost the majority of their garden which is being used by their neighbours and say they have no idea how to get their problems solved.

The couple were told by their landlord Roddons that they were having a new kitchen and in February 2014 most of the work was done.

However they are still missing two corner units and have crockery wrapped and stored in large plastic containers on the kitchen floor while they wait for them to be installed.

Mrs Venni, 74, of Wimblington Road, March, said: “We gave up asking; it felt like nobody wanted to help us get the work done and we didn’t know who to turn to.

Michael and Rose Venni of Wimlington Road March, Picture: Steve Williams.

Michael and Rose Venni of Wimlington Road March, Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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“We have put up with it for two years but now just want it doing.”

The couple, who have lived at the house since 1994, also said they could not understand why most of their back garden had been fenced off and was being used by neighbours.

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“It just went and we have no idea how,” Mrs Venni said.

“All we can see out the back window is a caravan.”

Rosie and Michael Venni have missing kitchen cupboards at their home in March. Picture: Steve Willia

Rosie and Michael Venni have missing kitchen cupboards at their home in March. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Sue Stavers, head of housing for Circle Housing Roddons said: “Unfortunately we are unable to install the two additional cupboards for the Venni family as the only space available to fit them is above the cooker, which is not safe.”

“On the land issue these arrangements were put in place around seven years ago and we understand both residents consented to this at the time.

“However we will be happy to review it if they wish for us to do so.

“We would urge residents to report issues directly to Circle Housing Roddons in the first instance so they can be rectified as quickly as possible.”

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