Rutherglen man at odds with council over 'raining roof'
Sep 5 2012
by Will Henshaw, Rutherglen Reformer
A RUTHERGLEN man claims an unfixed leak gives the illusion it is raining constantly outside his home.
Cameron Leitch (52) lives on Castlefern Road, Fernhill, with his wife Usha. Since last November, there has been a leak at the roof of the block of flats where Cameron lives.
According to Cameron, an old tank is overflowing, causing water to drip down right in front of his living room window – leaving the constant impression that it’s raining. The water is now also beginning to seep inside his house, causing damage.
He has asked the council for a resolution but claims his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.
Speaking to the Reformer, Cameron, who works as a large goods vehicle driver, said: “They’ve suppose to have called me on a number of occasions but they’ve failed to do so. It’s exactly the same as it’s been the last year.
“I have a double window and a single in the sitting room and everyday, you don’t know whether it’s raining or not unless you look out the other windows. The problem is an overflow pipe where the tank’s overflowing and excess water is coming out.
“I think it’s an old tank on the top of the building. The excuse I’ve been given is that they need to gain access to one of the flats above me to rectify it. To me, that’s a feeble excuse.
“If you were sitting in the front room, and you didn’t know the leak was there, you would think it was raining. That’s how bad it is.”
A spokesman for South Lanarkshire Council said: “The council is committed to providing an excellent standard of service at all times. Initially it was thought that access was required to the flat above Mr Leitch, and on more than one occasion we have been unable to gain access.
“However, it has transpired that the attic tank can be accessed from a loft hatch in the common area and we have arranged for a plumber to call out to this address on Tuesday morning (September 4), to identify the cause of the running overflow, and carry out the necessary repairs.”