South Shields mum claims her kitchen’s not safe

Lilian Dunn in her kitchen.
Lilian Dunn in her kitchen.

A dispute has broken out between a South Tyneside mum and a social housing landlord over the safety of her kitchen.

Lilian Dunn says she is at the end of her tether with Affinity Sutton after complaining about the location of kitchen cupboards.

Lilian Dunn in her kitchen.

Lilian Dunn in her kitchen.

The mum-of-one, from Sutton Way, South Shields, says the head-height cupboards are unsafe and claims she has already injured herself on them a number times since moving into the property in June.

Miss Dunn said: “I just feel I’m just getting fobbed off. I need them moving. To me, they are a health and safety risk and shouldn’t be there.

“I’ve asked repeatedly since I moved in to have them out but they’ve said no.

“It’s unacceptable.”

I’ve asked them repeatedly to have them taken out.

Lilian Dunn

Miss Dunn, who lives with her 19-year-old son, also says she believes the property is due a kitchen refit as she claims it is almost 20 years old.

She said: “I’ve moved from a property where there was a new kitchen to this.

“The kitchen’s are supposed to be replaced every 20 years but when I’ve inquired about this, I’m getting nowhere.”

Affinity Sutton is one of the largest housing associations in England with properties across the country.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We have been to visit Miss Dunn to discuss her concerns regarding her kitchen. The assessment of our surveyor is that the kitchen is in a good condition.

“We have, however, offered to re-configure the cupboards for Miss Dunn but she has refused this.

“If the kitchen was in a bad condition or presented a health and safety risk, we would of course repair or replace it straight away.”