Readers hit out at Hartlepool £13,000 carpets blunder

The new Centre for Independent Living in Burbank Street.
The new Centre for Independent Living in Burbank Street.

Readers have reacted angrily after newly laid carpets in a £4 million community building were replaced.

Hartlepool Borough Council, which is building the Centre for Independent Living (CIL) in Burbank Street has said the cost to the authority of replacing the carpets was £13,500.

A council spokesman said the carpets were unsuitable for the dementia and autism friendly environment that it wants to create.

The authority has not said exactly why the carpets were unsuitable despite being asked by the Mail.

Dozens of people commented on the story on the Mail’s website including catalan who said: “There needs to be a proper inquiry into this. Congrats to the Mail for given this the publicity it deserves. Unbelievable”.

Chris said: “What a bunch of idiots. If they’re so determined to continuously blame the government for budget cuts, then every purchase the council make should be scrutinized and justified, before increasing our council tax bills.”

NSSE 1593 said: “Another council blunder wasting council tax payers money.”

Poolie13: “What a pack of money wasting clowns Hartlepool Council are.”

Seatonian75 said: “Disappointing when this has come in the same week that local service PATCH, which has helped thousands of local families, has had to close this week due to funding.”