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Council house turned down because trampoline couldn't fit in garden

Council house turned down because trampoline couldn't fit in garden

Applicants for council housing in Cork have turned down homes for having sea views, not having space for a trampoline in the garden and being too dusty, according to a report in the Irish Examiner.

One woman turned down a three-storey home in Cobh with magnificent views of Cork harbour, while she was living in sheltered accommodation with her kids.

The mother in question told council officials that she and her children suffer from sea sickness and couldn't live in the house. 

The Examiner reports that another woman refused a brand new home because it was too dusty after the tradesmen had finished building it.

Another applicant turned down a home because there wasn’t enough room in the back garden for a trampoline.

Other ‘spurious’ reasons for rejecting houses included a lack of parking, the neighbour having a dog and having to visit Africa.

Cork county council’s director of housing, Mary Ryan, said there were several “spurious” reasons which people used to reject houses.

Ms Ryan told the Examiner that she was dismayed that only five people agreed to take up occupancy of the 15 homes the council had on offer.

€30,000 was spent bringing the homes up to standard, despite this people didn’t want 10 of them.

There were seven three-bed, seven two-bed, and a one-bed home offered for rent in the Carrigaline, Ballincollig, Glanmire, Midleton, Whitegate, Inchigeelagh, Blarney, and Coachford areas.

Most of these are in council estates, but some are located in private estates.