Couple wait six months for window
AN elderly couple are today still waiting for a new window for their house - six months after the old one was removed.Ernest Mills and Elsie Peacock have been without a window between their kitchen and their conservatory since June, after the old one had to be taken out when the council installed a new gas cooker.
AN elderly couple are today still waiting for a new window for their house - six months after the old one was removed.
Ernest Mills and Elsie Peacock have been without a window between their kitchen and their conservatory since June, after the old one had to be taken out when the council installed a new gas cooker.
Mr Mills, 75, of Hogarth Road, Gainsborough, said: “The Corgi registered gas fitter told me that because we have a conservatory on the back of the house either the door or window between the two would have to come out.
“Well, we couldn't do without the door so I told him to take the window out.
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“That was on June 7. I told the council we needed a new one putting in but it has still not been done.
“Now it will not be done until the new year. I just don't understand why it has taken so long, all they've got to do is put a new window in”
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Mr Mills lives with Mrs Peacock, 76, who has been in the same house for 52 years.
He said: “Mrs Peacock tried using an electric cooker but she has used gas all her life and couldn't get on with it so we got another gas one.
“We are both elderly and cannot afford to go out and pay for our meals.
“We needed a cooker.”
The pair has featured in the Star before when their house was egged on Halloween night.
Ipswich Borough Council says they have offered to replace the window free of charge which is more than they are obliged to do.
A spokesman said: “We are doing everything to help Mr Mills resolve the situation.
“Mr Mills requested a private contractor to remove the window. We have waived the cost of carrying out the necessary alterations and repairs.”