Mum who dug in over gar­den row cel­e­brates U-turn

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

A MUM is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter win­ning a year-long bat­tle to fix up her gar­den.

Bev Smith, 35, has spent the last 12 months at log­ger-heads with Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust over the state of the back yard of the prop­erty she rents on Wil­wick Lane, on the Moss es­tate.

Rub­ble and con­crete left be­hind by the pre­vi­ous ten­ant had left the gar­den un­safe for her two-year-old son War­ren to play in.

She be­gan com­plain­ing last summer but the clean-up was not com­pleted.

Fac­ing another summer with War­ren cooped up in doors Bev com­plained again and has fi­nally got a re­sult.

Peaks and Plains has now agreed to put the gar­den back into use.

Bev, a le­gal sec­re­tary, said: “When I moved in to the prop­erty in March 2012 when I was eight months preg­nant, there were var­i­ous pieces of con­crete and bro­ken walls in the gar­den which had been left by a pre­vi­ous ten­ant who had green­houses or flower beds on them. The gar­den was in no way a pri­or­ity of mine then but last summer my son had started to walk and I de­cided it would be a good time to get the gar­den done so that he could play out­side.

“Peaks and Plains re­moved one of the con­crete slabs but left three be­hind. I was frus­trated and at­tempted to get the work done my­self but could not af­ford the £700 I was be­ing quoted.”

“I com­plained again and a con­trac­tor who vis­ited called the gar­den a ‘death trap’ and re­fused for her work­men to go in the gar­den. I felt help­less.”

A spokesman for Peaks and Plains said: “Fol­low­ing a com­plaint we are ar­rang­ing to have the con­crete bases re­moved as soon as pos­si­ble, and as a ges­ture of good­will we have also agreed to com­pletely clear the over­grown gar­den, so that Ms Smith is able to start afresh.”

●● Bev Smith from Mac­cles­field with her son War­ren at their gar­den

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