Workers hammered for housing ‘damage’
PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 January 2013
UNHAPPY residents have criticised a scheme which has overhauled properties on a Weston estate for free, claiming that workmen have damaged property and been rude.
A letter sent to the Mercury claiming to be from a group of residents on the Bournville estate outlines alleged problems relating to Alliance Homes’ upgrading of more than 200 properties.
It states that ‘rude’ workmen have left tools lying around and damaged cars and homes.
It lists ‘damage to property, locally parked cars and workmen using communal gardens as a toilet’ among complaints.
The housing group’s properties in Selworthy Road, Lonsdale Avenue, Windermere Avenue and Grasmere Drive have been upgraded.
Improvements have included the installation of loft and wall insulation, replacing boilers with new A-rated machines, repairing chimneys and guttering and new exterior decorating.
The total cost of the work, which is due to be completed next month, will amount to about £1.5million.
Alliance Homes says the work, which was carried out by builders from Weston, has been done to a high standard.
A statement adds: “We have not received the anonymous letter but we would urge anyone with genuine concerns to contact us so that we can look into matters further.
“We take all complaints seriously and work hard to provide a high standard of service to all our residents.”
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