Problems grow for Heidi

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After moving in a month ago, a 17-year-old single mother says she cannot use the garden of her new DGHP home in Newton Stewart until the social housing provider cleans it up.

Heidi Copeland and her six-month-old son Aaron are living at 18 Glebe Crescent, but she says since the previous tenant moved out three weeks before she moved in, no-one has come to help her tackle the mess.

Heidi said: “It’s dreadful. The grass at the front of the house is so long if I sit out with Aaron you can’t see him!”

There is an old trampoline at the side of the house that has broken and rusted support poles sticking out and, at the back, old doors and windows, pieces of wood and broken plant pots have also been left lying around. Heidi says she first contacted DGHP on June 9 about getting the outside tidied up but nothing happened. She was told someone would come and inspect the property on June 17 but no-one did. She says she phoned DGHP three more times but, to date, has had no response.

She added: “The thing is, if I could get the grass cut down I could do it myself afterwards but I don’t have the equipment to tackle it when it’s like this.”

A Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership spokesman said: “We would like to apologise to our tenant for any inconvenience caused by the delay on this occasion. Due to the costs involved in the works, we went to several companies to ensure best value, which has in turn held works up slightly.

“However, as we explained to our tenant earlier this week, works are scheduled to start on Thursday (June 27), weather permitting, and that remains the case.”