Ammanford builder fined for driveway work

An Ammanford builder has been fined and ordered to pay compensation to a woman for a driveway that was unfit to park a car on.
Peter Roberts, pleaded guilty to two offences that trading as P. Roberts Building & Roofing Contractor, he carried out work on a driveway at the woman’s home in Tycroes that was exceptionally poor, patently sub-standard and not fit for purpose, and that he omitted to provide the customer with written documentation informing her of her legal right to cancel the contract within the seven day ‘cooling off’ period.
Carmarthenshire County Council Trading Standards Service brought the prosecution under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 at Carmarthen Magistrates Court.
Kelly Byrne, prosecuting, said the householder paid £1,800 for the work but when it dried she realised the surface was poor and it began to crumble. A qualified surveyor said the work was substandard and would not support the weight of a car for long.
David Williams, for 69-year-old Roberts, of Nant y Wrach Cottage, Saron Road, Ammanford, said he was in poor health and the company was now mainly his nephew Roy’s. He would distribute flyers, respond to enquiries and meet potential customers.
Roberts was fined £200, and ordered to pay £900 compensation, £700 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £20.
Executive board member for public protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “It is important that traders carry out work to the proper standard and inform customers about the cooling off period."

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