North-east street like a “prison” after workers down tools

Homes on a North-east street have been compared to a “prison” after workers downed tools when a firm went bust.

Residents of a Peterhead street are stuck with scaffolding outside their homes after the collapse of a sub-contractor who was carrying out installation work.

The job had been given to Everwarm whose sub-contractor left the homeowners in Peterhead’s Aalesund Road with an unfinished after going bankrupt.

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Residents Cathy and Peter Powell, who have lived in the area for more than 20 years, today said their lives have been made hell by the incident.

Cathy, 57, compared her home to a prison.

She said: “It’s like a ghetto – there is scaffolding everywhere.

“It’s the whole street – it’s so bad. The situation is just horrendous. It’s like a prison.

“I can see out my windows but all we’re seeing is rusty scaffolding. All the houses in the area are like this.

“We aren’t being told who the sub-contractor is.

“Everwarm haven’t gone bust but the sub-contractor has.

“There are about 40 houses like this.

“No work is taking place. “We are devastated.”

The Scottish Government has made millions of pounds worth of grant funding available for the Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland.

The money goes to local authorities to develop and deliver fuel poverty programmes – mainly solid wall insulation – in council areas.

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Work stopped last week but Everwarm, which has refused to name the sub-contractor, said work would restart on Monday.

Cathy said: “I’m still really angry despite this.

“We don’t even know if we will be the first house which will be seen to.”

A spokeswoman for Everwarm said: “Works haven’t been going on this week.

“It will recommence on Monday and workers will make up the time lost.”

Aberdeenshire Council said the responsibility was with Everwarm to find a suitable sub-contractor for the work.

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