Everything is not rosy in Stenhousemuir garden

Andrew and Judi Richardson paid �12,500 for their outdoor space to be transformed, but have been left with a garden John cannot use
Andrew and Judi Richardson paid �12,500 for their outdoor space to be transformed, but have been left with a garden John cannot use
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A disabled man has been left unable to use his garden after a builder walked off the project to improve the outdoor space.

Andrew Richardson, who is in a wheelchair after breaking his back falling down stairs eight years ago, paid Forth Paving Solutions £12,500 for landscaping to his Larbert home.

The Fife company wanted £14,000 to monoblock the driveway, rebuild a patio, add paving stones and erect a new fence.

The job should have taken three weeks, but two months later Andy, a former funeral director worker, and wife Judi, who works with Clackmannnanshire Council, are living with piles of rubble and unfinished work outside their home.

Andy (37) said: “We moved here from a place without outdoor space two years ago and decided we’d do up the garden when we could afford it.

“My spinal injury means that any bumps my chair goes over can do further damage so it’s essential the surface is totally smooth.

“Blair Matthews seemed like a genuine guy and told me he’d make sure the place was done quickly so I could enjoy the garden in the summer.

“We feel like fools for believing him.”

Blair walked off the job in May with a bad back and said he cannot finish it.

He offered the couple a refund of £500 of the £12,500 paid but the couple say the work done is not worth that. Judi (35) said: “It makes me so angry, we paid for this work to be done and the place is a mess, worse than before he got here.

“It’s going to cost a lot to put right and we feel so embarrassed to have been taken in by him,”

Mr Marshall of Forth Paving Solutions did not respond when contacted this week.

Please note, Forth Paving based in Alloa and owned by Graham Sleith are not connected in any way to Forth Paving Solutions.