Dismay at two-year wait for wall repair

NOWADAYS:   The garden wall collapse two years on

NOWADAYS: The garden wall collapse two years on

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A Leslie resident and the owners of the Greenside Hotel are still in a legal wrangle over the rebuilding of a wall, over two years after it collapsed, reports NEIL HENDERSON.

Resident Mr Szaranek awoke to find the 14 foot high stone wall and two brick buttresses had collapsed into his garden following heavy rain in September 2009.

FLASHBACK TO THE COLLAPSE: Mrs Margaret Szaranek in her back garden which was  filled with debris from the wall collapse at the rear of the Greenside Hotel, Leslie

FLASHBACK TO THE COLLAPSE: Mrs Margaret Szaranek in her back garden which was filled with debris from the wall collapse at the rear of the Greenside Hotel, Leslie

The house in Monks Walk, Leslie which overlooks the area of Leslie Common Good Land is directly in front of property belonging to the owners of The Greenside Hotel.

The wall which was situated along the back of the property of the hotel overlooked Mr Szaranek’s garden.

It is alleged that insurance companies involved have deemed the collapse to be that of an ‘act of God’ and therefore not covered by the insurance policy.

The war of words has been knocked back and forward between the two parties in a dispute over who should be responsible for the rebuild or if it should be rebuilt at all.

Mr Szaranek is dismayed at the lack of progress and is at odds with both the owners of the hotel and the legal companies involved.

He said: “We’re not getting any closer to seeing the wall rebuilt. We’ve had visits from building inspectors and from the Council and yet no work has started, it’s a disgrace.”

Mr Szaranek, a former builder, is now concerned that the remaining part of the wall is unfit to be built upon.

There is dismay on both sides of the dispute. Manager of the Greenside Hotel, Reagan Gallagher said: “I can’t comment on the wider legal aspects of the dispute which is ongoing.”

But added: “I have shown goodwill to the Szaranek family but clearing all of the debris from their garden at my own cost. I have also landscaped the surviving bank of earth that is there as I was advised to do.

“I am having part of the wall rebuilt and capped off where necessary, which is in the process of being actioned.”

Crawford Survey Services acting on behalf of Mr Szaranek said they were “unable to comment on individual cases at this time”.

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