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Kitchen nightmare for South Tyneside mum-to-be

KITCHEN DRAMA ... Tina Tribe, who is angry over her kitchen not being replaced as part of the Decent Homes programme, with her son, Craig Smith, aged 18.

KITCHEN DRAMA ... Tina Tribe, who is angry over her kitchen not being replaced as part of the Decent Homes programme, with her son, Craig Smith, aged 18.

A HEAVILY-pregnant woman who has a son with special needs has been left without anywhere to cook since her kitchen was removed from her South Tyneside home.

Tina Tribe, who said her pregnancy is classed as “high risk,” has complained repeatedly about delays in the Decent Homes programme at her home in Morecambe Parade, at Lukes Lane Estate, Hebburn.

Miss Tribe, 38, who is expecting her third child on May 5, said: “I don’t want to risk the life of my unborn child, which could happen, with all the stress.

“I have no space to prepare healthy foods, so have been resorting to takeaway and microwaved meals, which I cannot really afford.”

Miss Tribe said her kitchen was removed by contractors on Thursday, April 3, and was supposed to replaced on April 10.

But Miss Tribe, who has a son, Craig Smith, 18, with learning difficulties, and another son, 15-year-old Ryan Smith, said the completion date came and went.

“The workers said they couldn’t finish the job until plastering and rendering was completed first, so that means I have been without my kitchen for more than a week, which is just not on.

“Because of my age and previous pregnancies, I am classed as ‘high risk,’ and this situation is not helping me at all. I am now more than 36 weeks’ pregnant and I just want to get my kitchen back, so I can start cooking again,” Miss Tribe added.

The Hebburn mum, who is classed as a carer for her oldest son, added: “No one seems to want to keep me informed about anything, unless I complain.

“The estate liaison officers don’t seem to respond to calls, and don’t keep me informed about what’s happening with the work.

“Other residents who had their kitchens taken out at the same time as mine have had theirs replaced, but I’m still waiting.”

Miss Tribe, a single parent, added: “I just cannot afford to keep buying takeaway food and I don’t think it’s OK to have no kitchen for so long.”

The Gazette asked South Tyneside Council for a comment, but no one was available.

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