Davy O’Neil

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

A res­i­dent who has spent a life­time in Fern­hill claims a hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion has left him and his neigh­bours with a cat­a­logue of com­plaints.

Davy O’Neil, who moved into his new- build three- bed­room home in Neil­vaig Cres­cent nearly three years ago with wife Linda, says there is a string of faults which West of Scot­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion has ne­glected to rec­tify.

And when he posted his gripes on so­cial media, he said it at­tracted a flood of mes­sages from other res­i­dents in the area who share his com­plaints.

Coun­cil store man Davy (54) says he’s un­able to ac­cess his back gar­den be­cause it is con­stantly flooded.

Dis­grun­tled Davy is ac­cus­ing the devel­oper of fail­ing to em­bed ad­e­quate drainage, soil and grass seeds.

And his com­plaints, which he says he’s lodged on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions with West of Scot­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, ex­tend be­yond the gar­den.

He said: “There is also the mat­ter of the down­stairs. The floors creak like mad. Again they will not even visit as they keep point­ing out that I am part-owner, but I’ve been told they should cover re­pairs for so many years. I am not the only one with this prob­lem - many houses are in the same boat.

“We also have air re­cy­cle units in our houses, and lots of them don’t work well. When we as par­town­ers asked who we can get to main­tain these, we never got an an­swer. When we con­tacted the com­pany di­rect they said they don’t do main­te­nance con­tracts, but to call them if it’s not work­ing and they will send the part. How do we know what part needs re­placed? West of Scot­land have put a sys­tem into our homes that we can­not get main­tained.”

Davy claims the wa­ter pres­sure on his boiler con­tin­u­ally dips.

“All I want is for them to meet me at my house and ad­mit there are some prob­lems and do the right thing by fix­ing them. You do not ex­pect all these prob­lems in new build houses,” he raged.

Coun­cil­lor Robert Brown con­firmed he has had var­i­ous meet­ings and ex­changes with West of Scot­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion over res­i­dents’ com­plaints.

He said: “This saga has been go­ing on for sev­eral years in the hope of find­ing a so­lu­tion that will re­solve the prob­lem.

“The res­i­dents are fed up with the whole thing and their com­plaints are jus­ti­fied. When they move into houses like these, they are en­ti­tled to get one that works. Like them, I am frus­trated with the slow­ness of what is be­ing done.

“If dis­cus­sions be­tween West of Scot­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Scot­tish Wa­ter go well, there may be a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion. I would be press­ing for them to get on with that as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Graham Big­ger­staff, di­rec­tor of prop­erty at West of Scot­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, com­mented: “West of Scot­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is aware of the long­stand­ing is­sue with flood­ing at the prop­er­ties in Fern­hill and shares the frus­tra­tions of the res­i­dents about this com­plex prob­lem. We have met with res­i­dents and Coun­cil­lor Brown on sev­eral oc­ca­sions to dis­cuss pos­si­ble so­lu­tions and al­lo­cated sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing to rec­tify the is­sue.

“We are cur­rently work­ing with ex­ter­nal con­trac­tors in­clud­ing a spe­cial­ist engi­neer to im­ple­ment a rec­om­mended so­lu­tion and we will con­tinue to have open di­a­logue with res­i­dents and oth­ers to en­sure all par­ties are fully sat­is­fied.”

All I want is for them to meet me at my house, ad­mit there are a few prob­lems and do the right thing by fix­ing them

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