A GREAT-grandmother has won her battle with a housing trust over a “heavenly” tap.
Retired accounts clerk Mildred Ardley, 92, was told by Chester and District Housing Trust (CDHT) she could pay to have a garden tap installed at her ground floor flat if she took it with her when she moved on.
Mildred, of Guy Lane, Waverton, said: “The next move I’ll make will be to heaven and they don’t need taps there.
“On the permission form they sent it said when I leave the property I have to take the tap with me and pay to make the wall good outside.
“I live in sheltered accommodation and I take a lot of pride in my garden. A very kind lady from upstairs waters the plants for me but before the tap was put in we had to collect the water from the sink inside.”
After The Chronicle contacted CDHT, they apologised to Mildred and have promised to change their policy.
Phil Jones, executive manager property services, said: “We have followed the standard procedure in sending this letter out to Mrs Ardley in line with our general alterations policy.
“However, we have listened to Mrs Ardley and will revise our procedure accordingly so that outside taps and any other minor non-structural alterations do not now need to be removed on end of tenancy.”
Keen gardener Mildred received an orchid from CDHT.
“They gave me a lovely big orchid and said they were very sorry. I have started calling it the heavenly tap,” she added.