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After six months’ wait, Peter and Irene McLean are finally getting a new fence

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

  • Peter McLean who is unhappy with the poor quality of his new fence built by Gloucester City Homes at his home in Tuffley

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AFTER almost six months pensioners Peter and Irene McLean have been told they will finally have a safe fence.

The couple who live in a Gloucester City Homes property in Gere Close, Tuffley have made numerous calls to the housing provider to have their garden fence repaired.

The fence replaced a brick wall in March but the McLeans say it is not sturdy and needs replacing.

Mr McLean, 69, said: “There used to be a brick wall but it became unstable and they replaced it with this so- called fence but it is nowhere near installed properly.

“I have contacted the council and I am sick of having to chase them about this. The fence is loose and has holes in it. It will cost them a lot to repair it, but the brick wall we had lasted 30 years.

“It was very sturdy and we never had any problems.

“We have been waiting since March and they has told us (yesterday) it could be sorted in a few weeks.”

However, Gloucester City Homes say Mr McLean’s fence is temporary and it will be replaced soon, They said the delay was to a lack of panels. Gloucester City Homes representatives visited Mr McLean yesterday to discuss the situation.

A spokesman said: “It was necessary for us to demolish a brick wall at Mr McLean’s home as it had become unsafe. We installed the current temporary fencing pending delivery of new fencing panels, which have been in short supply following the severe weather earlier in the year.

“Supplies of new fencing panels are now becoming available and we will be confirming an installation date for Mr McClean’s new fence shortly. We are sorry we were not able to install a new fence straight away but this has been due to circumstances outside our control.”

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  • tishwash  |  August 08 2014, 2:03PM

    Oh my, a free fence isn't up to your standard, well repair it yourself?

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  • thomas1996  |  August 07 2014, 3:24PM

    Some of you maybe surprised to know that last year all pensioners got a whopping 5.2% rise in their state pension. All of us employed out there in the public sector (including the NHS, police, civil servce etc) will have had a 1% pay rise two years ago and nothing since. So....Mr McLean I think YOU & wifey can easily afford to get the fence repaired where as we workers & taxpayers probably can't!!

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  • Apothegm_  |  August 07 2014, 1:34PM

    It would be an interesting statistic if we were told how many months' rent would be needed to pay for the new fence and its installation!

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  • TheMoanerLisa  |  August 07 2014, 12:19PM

    Here's something for you and your family to remember Peter. Its not your property !!! you simply reside there. The landlord – ie tax payer can do whatever they like within reason at whatever cost is reasonable.

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  • lewipaul  |  August 07 2014, 11:28AM

    One of the something for nothing brigade always expecting someone else to pay.

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  • gowpen66  |  August 07 2014, 9:18AM

    I never understand why people feel the need to go to the citizen with these sort of stories, yet alone have their photo taken. Just makes you look like a whinger. I think you are probably right SandraPee,NibNobs, agree with your comments. When you read the article Gloucester City Homes already had the situation in hand so what is his problem he is getting a new fence!

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  • NibNobs  |  August 06 2014, 11:10PM

    or they could have simply paid to have it repaired like the rest of us have to if panels are blown down in the high winds. Or what about his family, surely one of the children/grandchildren could have lifted a finger to help. Very sad

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  • SandraPee  |  August 06 2014, 9:47PM

    The fence doesn't look too bad ......better than a lot, albeit with a small gap .......a length of wood would have sorted that out short term . I get the feeling the real problem here is that Peter wants another wall , not a fence , but, that isn't going to happen due to cost no doubt .

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