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Resident Furious After Council Paint Their Homes 'Baby Poo' Yellow

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Resident Furious After Council Paint Their Homes 'Baby Poo' Yellow

A new council housing paint job has left neighbours furious with some calling the new colour 'repulsive' and looking like 'baby poo'.

People on the estate in Isleworth, West London have been left shocked by the new colour, described as 'chicken korma', and say it makes them stick out as council renters given it's only been used on the council houses in the neighbourhood.

The Sun reports that the paint job was first put up by Hounslow Council in 2019.

As the pictures show, the result is pretty gross, and it's been compared to the likes of a chicken korma, baby sick and even baby poo.

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Credit: Jamie Lorriman
Credit: Jamie Lorriman

Locals living on the Worton Road estate and a nearby avenue have called it 'divisive'.

Tracey Gray, 58, said: "I'm not being funny, the colour, it's repulsive. Just repulsive.

"The worst thing is, a few weeks before they did my house they painted one down the road the same colour.

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"I thought 'God, I couldn't stand to wake up every day and look at that - and now I do, and my neighbours do'."

The alleged reasoning behind the Council's decision for the colour scheme - with some also featuring a maroon panel around their front doors - is because it supposedly mirrors the straw-yellow and red brick work of the original buildings.

It was also apparently a result of fresh flame-proof cladding, as well as insulation to help keep the houses warm.

Credit: Jamie Lorriman
Credit: Jamie Lorriman
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What's caused division, though, is the fact that those in the estate who owned their homes before the paint job was launched in 2019 and 2020 were allowed to keep their exteriors as-is.

These home owners have allegedly grumbled that the grim visage could lower their house's market value.

Julia Higgins, 63, who also works as a carer, said: "I think a lot of people are up in arms about it because people said they bought their properties.

"But when they started painting it, it told people that they hadn't - so that came to light."

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Resident Mariam Ahmedi, 47, said: "It separates the people.

"Everyone knows these houses are for council housing.

"People know, the people living in this house are renting off the council - nowadays everyone can tell."

In September last year when the first houses were given the new colour scheme, one woman opted to paint over it, only to have to cough up a £1,600 fine to repaint it back to its original yellow.

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No one else has tried it since, with residents feeling trapped.

Credit: Jamie Lorriman
Credit: Jamie Lorriman

In their defence, Cllr Lily Bath, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing and Social Inclusion at Hounslow Council, said: "Council tenants on the Worple Estate, which is home to a mixture of Council social housing and privately-owned properties, highlighted concerns regarding the condition of some of the properties, particularly regarding damp and heating costs.

"The Council conducted an external wall insulation project on 84 Council owned properties to improve energy efficiency which required new external rendering. The external paintwork was a required as a local planning authority condition.

"Tenants were consulted on the proposals, with the majority in favour of the project."

The statement also said that 'the vast majority of tenants where works have been carried out are very satisfied with the quality of the works, the colour and the energy and costs they are now saving'.

Featured Image Credit: Jamie Lorriman

Topics: UK News

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