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Manchester Evening News
Kit Roberts & Kieran Isgin

Homeowner's fury after paying £1,850 for 'messed up' dropped kerb outside house

A homeowner has spoken out against his local council after paying £1,850 for a shoddy dropped kerb outside his home. Gas engineer Lee Townley claims the contracts didn't use a spirit level when carrying out the work due to the prevalence of big gaps and chipped kerbstones.

Despite the 40-year-old applying to Trent City Council for the work to be fixed, with the council sending out workers four times, he is still not pleased with the quality of the kerb, StokeonTrent Live reports.“I applied to have the kerb dropped after I moved into the property," he said.

"I wanted the council to do it. They have to sign the paperwork off and it was about £400 or £500 just for the paperwork.

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“I thought I’d go through the council because they can sign it off themselves and I haven’t got to worry about dodgy builders. I got the quote off them, it was about £1,850. It was expensive but I thought I’d just get it done.

“I sent them photos and eventually they came out. They dropped two lads off in a van with a saw and a wheelbarrow. They had no spirit level or anything. I came from work, looked at it, and immediately put my spirit level on because I knew it was wrong straight away, I could just tell.

The stones were also not laid out straight (Lee Townley)

“The gaps between the kerbstones weren’t cut straight, because it’s on a corner. The stones are shaped a certain degree. You cut them so they fit, because you can’t have edges round a circle."

He added: "They have come back out and left a big gap of tarmac, they didn’t tarmac the road. They came back to fill that in and instead of levelling the other kerb stones off they just cut the top off the original kerb stones which they hadn't touched. They are having a laugh. They’ve been out four times so far.

“I was given a start date of March. It has been about eight or nine weeks since they started messing it all up.”

Trent City Council is yet to make a statement regarding Lee's complaints.

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