Aberdeen council has apologised after billing a woman for the removal of her son’s trampoline despite the fact she took it down herself.
Leanne Grant was ordered by Aberdeen City Council to get rid of the garden toy set up outside her home on Harris Drive, Tillydrone, as it was in a communal area.
Helped by family members, the mum of two dismantled the trampoline and sold it.
However several months later Leanne was shocked to receive an invoice for £29.70 for the uplift of the apparatus.
She said: “I was absolutely furious to receive a letter from Aberdeen City Council asking me for the money.
“My family dismantled it in around 10 to 15 minutes and we sold it on ourselves. We initially paid over £100 for it but got around £90 back. The cost on the invoice may not sound like a lot but that’s my gas and electric for a week – they really have a nerve.”
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The full-time mum had installed the trampoline in July with the hopes of calming son Dylan, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
She said: “It has really broken Dylan’s heart not having the trampoline. It helped him to make friends and during this past summer he just stayed in – it was a summer I would not like to repeat.
“We considered getting a paddling pool instead but Dylan said ‘the council will take it away’.
“He asks me all the time why other people have trampolines up, and I have to say ‘I don’t have the answer for that’.”
A spokesman for the council said: “An order was raised for the trampoline to be removed.
“However, the tenant dismantled and removed the trampoline herself and the order should have been cancelled.
“We have now cancelled the order and would like to apologise to the tenant for any inconvenience caused.”