Driveway firm is fined for tricking Leyland pensioner

Preston Magistrates' Court
Preston Magistrates' Court
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A driveways firm that tricked pensioners into having work done without informing them they could cancel their contract has been ordered to pay compensation to three customers.

An 82-year-old disabled man from Leyland agreed to have £2,800 work done at his home by Lancashire-based Affordable Driveways, which has been ordered to pay a £1,000 fine, £1,000 costs and £3,336 in compensation.

The firm’s co-director Tony Philpott, who was convicted of similar offences last year, appeared in the dock at Preston Magistrates’ Court on the firm’s behalf.

The firm admitted three charges of engaging in unfair commercial practice.

Prosecuting for Lancashire Trading Standards, Nick McNamara said on April 28, the pensioner had agreed to the work but later found a problem with the drainage, and another firm was paid to redo the job.

He added a neighbour on the same road had also had work undertaken by the same company, but was not given the right to cancel.

She was charged for work to build a garage that ended up being smaller than planned.

In August an 83-year-old woman in Lostock Hall, near Preston, agreed to have £3,000 of work done after being given a flyer by the firm, which was working in the area.

However, Trading Standards stepped in after her son alerted them.

Defending, Janet Simes said Philpott had struggled with the firm since his wife died and could not read and write.

She said he ended up out of pocket as he had completed work that had not been paid for.