Rev up for fine bat­tle

Sunday Mail (UK) - - The Judge -

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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