Rev up for fine battle
I parked in a street parking bay, paid the fee and displayed a ticket. But when I returned, there was a fine on the windscreen. Turns out the bay was an old one and new lines had been painted since. But I was not to know and the old lines were clearly visible. What can I do? Take the matter up with the council by submitting photographic evidence of the old and new bays. If the old bay markings are clear. you can’t be penalised. You can appeal to the Parking and Bus Lane Tribunal for Scotland if need be.
The location was perfect, the views were spectacular and, as the property was a newbuild, she expected a stress-free move.
Instead, two months on, she is still reduced to tears by the mess left by Mullberry Homes, who have failed to return to fix faults.
Karen, 54, said: “I’m absolutely devastated to the extent I often can’t string a sentence together.
“Mullberry Homes have a lot to answer for. They have my money and just don’t care.”
Karen and husband David moved to the proper ty in Kennoway, Fife, on August 24.
She said: “We had relocated from Elgin to be closer to our daughter Kayleigh, who has MS.
“I suffer from glaucoma and I wanted a bungalow so I didn’t have to negotiate stairs.”
The Sturrocks’ lawyer ensured some faults were dealt with before they moved in but, since then, it’s been one disaster after another.
Mum-of-two Karen said: “The view over the countryside is great but the window panes don’t line up. There are also cracks in the frames.
“The concrete floors run at an angle so there’s a slope to get into the living room. The floors are also cracked and broken.
“An electrician pointed out that the fuse box was upside down and missing a main fuse. “Wardrobe doors fal l off and the light switch for my bedroom is in a wardrobe.
“The rendering looks like it was applied by children and there are no vents to the outside.
“Downpipes for the roof don’t have drains to go into. There are bare wires in the garage, the exterior doors don’t have three- point locking and extractor fans only vent to the attic.”
Karen and David, an engineer, first complained to Mullberry in August after their ensuite flooded due to incorrectly fitted drains. It flooded two more times and they were forced to call out a plumber at a cost of £75.
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