RUBBISH! That’s what a Solihull resident thinks of a gardening job undertaken by a cowboy labourer who cut and ran with his money and dumped not only his own rubbish in front of his house but also that belonging to neighbours.
Fuming Dr Buland Akhtar who lives in Damson Parkway said he felt sorry for ‘Lee’ when he knocked on his door.
“He said he was from Wythall and was working in the neighbourhood,” said the Kendrick Close resident. “He said he saw my garden needed work. He carried on for a few days and then went on to work on some of my neighbours’ gardens even though he hadn’t finished mine. Then he put all the rubbish from my neighbours’gardens into mine and then said he would remove it all.
“I agreed to pay him £220 in four installments but I gave him extra and he kept asking for money up front.”
Dr Akhtar who lives in the smart neighbourhood with wife Ishrat said some of his neighbours had also paid money in advance.
He added: “He did a good job on one patch, put some rubbish on patch two and hasn’t touched patch three. I was very trusting because I was happy with the first job he did.”
Dr Akhtar has since spoken to ‘Lee’ who promised faithfully to clear the eyesore but the retired engineer is still waiting.
“I will eventually have to get the rubbish removed so I will be even more out of pocket.”
The Solihull News tried several times to contact ‘Lee’ without success. A police spokesperson said: “We would advise people to report matters like this to the police.”