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Council contractor splatters Shirley man's car before driving off

A SLAPDASH job on a patch of grass has left a Shirley man fuming.

A SLAPDASH job on a patch of grass has left a Shirley man fuming.

Graham Beck is furious with the council contractor who arrived to trim the verge outside his home and managed to splatter mud all up the side of his car.

According to the father-of-two, who lives on Stretton Road, the team arrived on Wednesday afternoon. Their work on the turf didn't take too long, but by the time they'd finished, dirt was plastered to the bodywork of his Ford Focus.

"It was pouring down with rain and the man cutting the verge was laughing. He churned all the grass up and the mud was thrown against the side of my car. It's common sense gone out the window.

"These people have total disregard for people and property, they rarely clean up after themselves as they are supposed to. The mess and potential damage to my car is beyond belief - they must have known they had done it and just drove off."

When he discovered what had happened, Mr Beck phoned Solihull Council - prompting the authority to send the contractor back.

Although they offered to clean the vehicle with a jet washer, the equipment was found to be faulty and, by now at the end of his tether, Mr Beck decided to clean the car himself - by hand.

David Tipping, senior officer for streetcare, said: "We are sorry for the inconvenience suffered by Mr Beck. Our contractor's staff should not cut grass in heavy rain and we have reminded them of this.

"As soon as we became aware of the problem we sent our contractor out to clean the footpaths and Mr Beck's car.

"The contractor offered to wash the car by hand when the jet wash equipment was found to have stopped working. We understand Mr Beck refused this offer and has washed the car himself."



Cathrina Hulse
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