Disabled tenant upset at ‘shoddy work’

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Improvements to a Castleacre flat left the tenant angered by shoddy work which he claims he was asked to remedy.

John McKerral was initially happy when a complete window frame was installed at his first floor flat, which he rents from Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA).

His joy turned sour when workers replaced the vertical blinds – he had originally bought these himself to keep the sun off the television screen.

The new window frame was about an inch and a half lower meaning that his blinds were curled up at the end.

Mr McKerral, who is registered disabled, said: ‘I paid for the blinds and they need cutting down.

‘ACHA say they will do this and that, but it never happens.

‘A plumber put the skirting boards on below the window enclosure and I think ACHA is getting away with shoddy work all the time.’

A spokesperson from ACHA said: ‘The work to alter the blinds to suit the window frames is part of the contract’s snagging works.

‘In this case the blinds could not be adjusted therefore our contractor will arrange for the window to be measured and new blinds fitted.’

As the Courier went to press Mr Mckerral, still annoyed at the three-month delay, phoned to say workmen had arrived and a time was being set for the work to be completed.