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Pensioner in home fees row

Upset: John Stubbs of Brow Hey, Clayton Brook, with a grassed area which he says Places For People are not adequately maintained

Upset: John Stubbs of Brow Hey, Clayton Brook, with a grassed area which he says Places For People are not adequately maintained

A pensioner upset over rises in maintenance charges for land near his home has lodged a complaint with housing bosses.

John Stubbs says he is unhappy about paying £5.22 a week to Places for People housing association, for work including cutting a communal patch of grass at Brow Hey, Clayton Brook, near Bamber Bridge.

Mr Stubbs bought his home from Chorley Council almost 30 years ago, but he and other homeowners on the street still have to pay service charges for property management on the estate.

The 79-year-old said he is not happy with the level of service he receives for the fee and will argue his case at a review tomorrow.

He said: “They are doing nothing me. In 2009, it was £4.41 a month.

“They only cut this patch of grass four times a year and they leave the grass behind so it blows on our driveway.

“I’m 79 and my wife is 77 and we have to brush it up.”

Mr Stubbs will attend an internal review hearing tomorrow in a bid to resolve the issue. The Evening Post previously reported how the pensioner organised a petition in April 2010, when Places for People wrote to Brow Hey residents saying their charges were set to double. The organisation then said there had been an error and residents would be contacted with the correct billing information.

Mr Stubbs added: “This has been going on for three years.

“I’ve had a meeting with them but there has still been no reduction in anything.”

A spokesman for Places for People said: “We make no profit whatsoever from these charges and they are purely a reflection of the cost of services we provide at Brow Hey.

“The charges cover the ongoing maintenance of the area and where we have similar arrangements they have been found to be fair and reasonable by independent bodies

“Where possible we always try to drive down costs for our customers but inflationary pressures, and rising costs from our suppliers means that we are unable to keep the costs at the same level.

“We have consulted with customers and explained why these costs have risen. Despite being upfront and transparent we did not have a single response from the consultation.”

 

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