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Shoddy work sees New Waltham Builder fined

Shoddy work sees New Waltham Builder fined

Shoddy work sees New Waltham Builder fined

A Builder from New Waltham has been fined following shoddy garden renovation works at a bungalow in Immingham.

Christopher Atkinson, 58, of Albery Way, New Waltham, was hired by a local family to install artificial lawn in a childrens play area.

But the works proved inadequate, with an expert witness branding the works unsafe – large sections of the grass were not fastened down and long nails were just left sticking out along its edges.

Shoddy work sees New Waltham Builder fined

Shoddy work sees New Waltham Builder fined

North East Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards team prosecuted the builder after artificial grass he installed was deemed not fit for purpose.

Atkinson pleaded guilty at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on 19 March to a consumer protection offence.

He was working as JC Services when he was hired to renovate the garden in September 2018.

Atkinson was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £400 towards costs at the rate of £5 per week.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor said he money and health problems that had prevented him from completing the work.

Neil Clark, Strategic Lead for Regulation and Enforcement Services, said:

“This garden makeover was meant to provide a safe place for young children to play, but Atkinson’s poor work made it anything but.

“When tradespeople finish jobs below acceptable standards, it reflects badly on others in the same line of work.

“This was a lengthy investigation, but our Trading Standards officers eventually secured a conviction.”

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