Outrage over standard of repair work
RESIDENTS claim that their lives have been made a misery by a programme of building work to regenerate a run-down Blyth estate.
John Bradbury has been left outraged with the state of his ex-partner Christine Rowe’s home in Poplar Avenue on Hodgsons Road Estate, which has been left in disrepair by builders.
The building work carried out should have improved the property but a number fittings have been left insecure and hanging off the walls, including door frames, plug sockets and the heating gauge.
John, 36, who currently lives at the address with Christine, 29, and their four children, said: “They are passing electrics when it is unsafe and things are left hanging off the wall.
“You do not have to be an electrician to realise there is something wrong.
“They have put the tiles up on the walls in the kitchen and the heating gauge has not been placed flat against the wall.
“If you are going in to work on a property you are meant to leave it in the same way or better than it was.
“I am very angry. Other residents are saying the same.
“Not one person I have spoken to is happy about what they have done, but people are too scared to speak out.
“We have to expect dust and things with building work, but there is a hole in the bairn’s carpet.
“If they come in and damage something it is their responsibility to pay compensation.”
John, a former builder, said Christine had spent a lot of money on the house before the work began and had a new kitchen fitted by the council just two years ago.
That has now been ripped out and replaced with new units, which John describes as “cheap and nasty”.
“My ex, whose house it is, is really upset,” he said.
“We have kids here. The house was checked before they started the work and Christine had spent a lot of money to do the house.
“She had the house absolutely beautiful.
“She had a new kitchen put in by the council two years ago and they have ripped it all out.
“I can not see the logic here.”
The regeneration project is part of Northumberland County Council’s new affordable homes programme and is being managed by Homes for Northumberland.
It involves the demolition and consequent rebuilding of 56 properties on the estate, a £2.97m investment in existing homes as well as various environmental improvement works.
The scheme has received funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Kevin Lowry, interim managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “The improvement work on this particular property was carried out in May of this year and it was left to a safe standard.
“However, Mr Bradbury repeatedly made access to the property where he is residing difficult for our contractors and prevented them from fully completing their work.
“We actively ask for feedback when carrying out any work of this nature, however we have received none from the tenant regarding her dissatisfaction.
“We will now inspect the property and review with the tenant how we can work together moving forward.”
John has disputed the claim that he prevented workmen completing work on the property.
He said: “We have always been compliant. Not once have we ever stopped them getting access to this house.
“If they are saying loose electrics where kids have got full access to is leaving it to a safe standard, then that is a first for me.”
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