Moray MP Douglas Ross has raised concerns about contractors working on home repairs for Moray Council after complaints from constituents about “botched jobs”.
One case involves a sub-contractor employed by Everwarm, which carries out insulation work for Moray Council under a government scheme.
About £10,000 of damage was caused to a property in Lossiemouth after workers drilled all the way through external walls into bedroom and bathroom furniture. The local authority sent the clerk of works in to examine the damage and compile a report.
Mr Ross had previously contacted the council about a ‘catalogue of errors’ following the installation of new smoke alarms at a property in Elgin.
Workmen from council contractor Belac drilled through electrical cables, cutting off the hot water supply and leaving holes in the kitchen and hallway ceilings. There was also damage to carpets, skirting boards and plasterboard, while part of the property had to be re-wired.
Scottish Conservative MP for Moray Douglas Ross said:
“These botched jobs have been extremely distressing for the residents involved.
“Nobody expects this level of damage to occur during what should be routine work.
“My understanding is that the Lossiemouth dispute in now in the hands of insurers, while the Elgin case has just been a catalogue of errors from start to finish.
“I have written to the council in both cases, and I am pleased to say they have responded constructively and are doing what they can to rectify the problems.
“But given both these incidents involved either contractors or sub-contractors, I am keen to see what the council can do to avoid any further incidents like this.”