A man who paid his local council £ 1,850 for a fallen curb outside his home says they ‘must have a laugh’ because of the quality of the work.
Gas engineer Lee Townley, 40, has accused contractors of not using a spirit level, leaving large holes and tiling curbs.
He says the problems have still not been resolved despite contractors coming to the site in Stoke-On-Trent
Townley, who wanted to make the change after moving into the house, said the actual paperwork of getting a fallen curb would come to £ 400 or £ 500, so he decided to ask the council directly.
He said: ‘I thought I would go through the council because they can sign it themselves and I do not have to worry about risky builders.
‘I got the offer from them and it was around £ 1,850. It was expensive, but I thought I would just get it done.
But he says he is not happy with the result.
“I sent them pictures, and eventually they came out,” he said. “They put two boys off in a van with a saw and a wheelbarrow. They had no spirit level or anything.
‘I came home from work, looked at it and immediately put on my spirit level because I knew it was wrong right away, I could just feel it.
“The spaces between the curbs were not cut straight, because it is on a corner. The stones are shaped to a certain extent. You cut them to fit, because you can not have edges around a circle.”
He says he immediately complained to the Stoke-on-Trent City Council about the work at his home in Norton Heights, saying he was told they could not get their fingers in curved stones – despite claiming to have found the exact ones needed on the internet.
Townley said: ‘They have come out again, leaving a large hole of asphalt; they did not pave the road.
‘They came back to fill it, and instead of smoothing out the other curbs, they just cut the top off the original curbs that they had not touched.
‘I got a start date in March. It’s about eight or nine weeks since they started messing it all up. “
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has not yet commented on the matter.
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