A grieving mother says botched work carried out on her council house resulted in guttering falling on the prized super car her son spent months restoring before his death.
Linda Myers says the incident in which guttering and fascia boards fell onto the Mitsubishi ‘Evo’ Evolution 17T sports car was the latest in a long line of issues with the St Leger Homes improvement works carried out.
Her son Matthew, who died suddenly aged 33 in July from a heart attack, had been working on the car in the months before his death with a friend and had planned to race it in Germany
Linda, who suffers from chronic conditions ME and MS, said: “It was my son’s pride and joy he spent hours working on the car, he would be devastated.
“The car is all scratched but it’s not just about the damage, the car has a lot of sentimental value for me.
“I just keep thinking what if someone had been underneath it when it fell down.”
The mum, who lives in her home on Sandringham Road, Intake, with her three sons, two of whom suffer from autism, says the improvement works have made their lives a misery. She said: “It’s been one thing after another, the lack of communication has been so frustrating.”
The work has been stop, start and chaotic, it’s been traumatic for all of us.
“The house has been upside down, my 17-year-old son has been so upset and stressed by it all that he said he didn’t want to come home.”
Along with the stress of the work Lin has also been left in physical pain after falling over a floorboard and injuring her leg.
She said: “One of the men was sacked after that but I think he was just the fall guy really and they just blamed him.
“My leg was really badly bruised and doctors thought it may have been fractured.”
Susan Jordan, chief executive of St Leger Homes, said: “The welfare and safety of our customers is a top priority for us so we are working closely with Mrs Myers and our contractors to investigate any issues that have arisen as a result of work undertaken through the decency programme.
“Within 30 minutes of being notified of the damage to the gutterings at the property we arrived on site to assess the situation and will continue to investigate the cause of this.
“We are keeping in touch with Mrs Myers and her family to help resolve this and to discuss any concerns she has.”