South Shields mum feels ‘discriminated against’ over kitchen revamp snub

Stacy Dixon, pictured with daughter Alexia, feels short-changed after her kitchen wasnt extended.
Stacy Dixon, pictured with daughter Alexia, feels short-changed after her kitchen wasnt extended.

A South Tyneside mum is furious after being told by housing chiefs she can’t benefit from a kitchen revamp scheme like her neighbours because hers is too modern.

Baffled Stacy Dixon says she has been left the odd one out on her street after missing out on an extension project which has been readily supplied to other residents.

I feel I am being discriminated against

Stacey Dixon

Residents in Copley Avenue, Whiteleas, have benefited from a new-look kitchen space which has seen a wall dividing a utility room knocked down to create a wider space.

Miss Dixon had hoped to use the extra room to install a breakfast bar to allow her and her six-year-old daughter Alexie to dine in comfort.

But housing chiefs say the kitchen at the property was re-fitted just over three years ago and the house will still undergo other improvements under the revamp scheme.

The Decent Homes scheme, which has been rolled out throughout the borough, was brought into force to raise the standards of properties and has seen essential work such as rewiring, new bathrooms and kitchens being completed.

Miss Dixon says she has been at loggerheads with housing bosses since the improvement work got underway last November.

She said: “I have been told my kitchen had already been replaced a month before I moved in so I wouldn’t be getting the work done.

“I feel I am being penalised.”

A South Tyneside Homes spokesman said: “The kitchen in the property had been fitted in November 2012 prior to the customer moving in November. A senior manager visited Miss Dixon in November last year to explain that as the kitchen was only three years old and in good condition it would not be renewed and as such the wall would stay in place.

“Miss Dixon’s home is due to receive the following Decent Homes work; a re-wire, a new bathroom and a new heating system. As a goodwill gesture South Tyneside Homes offered to renew Miss Dixon’s kitchen worktops. However Miss Dixon has declined to have any of this work carried out.”