Redecorating row tenants to fight on

NILALM110613C1 - John and Louis Booth with the award from the national painting and decorating association
NILALM110613C1 - John and Louis Booth with the award from the national painting and decorating association

ANGRY tenants given just £140 vouchers to redecorate their homes after extensive rewiring work have vowed to battle on following a meeting with housing firm chiefs.

Robert Buchanan, one of the Three Valleys tenants affected by the work in Nelson Street, was given the Wilkinsons voucher to cover redecorating work, which he said cost him £1,140.

NILALM110720C4 - Cotmanhay housing chaos. Rob Buchanan

NILALM110720C4 - Cotmanhay housing chaos. Rob Buchanan

“It isn’t right to leave us like this,” he said.

“But I’m glad they’ve come out to see the mess we’re in.

“We’ve expressed our problems now and there’s no way we will let it go until its’s sorted out.”

At the meeting between residents and Three Valleys interim managing director John Stemp and repair manager Dean Smarts, to which members of the press were barred, Erewash borough councillors Louis Booth, John Booth and Dave Morgan were also present.

Painter and decorator Cllr Louis Booth said £140 could not cover the damage done by the rewiring work and the figure should be set nearer to £250 to sufficiently re-decorate the properties.

“The standard of the workmanship is not that bad,” he said.

“But a big concern is that Three Valleys’ contractors have left a lot to be desired. The money isn’t sufficient – it’s a token gesture.

“The residents have been left with no choices about where they can spend their money. Realistically £250 is nearer the mark.

“If I were to decorate people’s houses left in that state for £140 I’d be out of business.”

A Three Valleys spokesman said: “We are addressing matters raised by individual residents about the work within their homes and are still considering the general issues raised.

“We hope to have this matter resolved as soon as possible.”

Cllr Booth added: “Three Valleys might not have the money but they do have a duty of care to their tenants.

“They are doing a good job under limited resources.”