Finnieston property factor reported to police after removing landscaping worth £1.5k after dispute with owner
A Finnieston homeowner reported her factoring company to police after allegedly destroying a community garden she had spent £ 1,500 on.
Lawrie Anne Brown decided to renovate wasteland outside her Minerva Way apartment earlier this year after giving the go-ahead from factoring firm Park Property Management.
Lawrie, who has owned her property for 13 years, then spent £ 1,500 of her own money creating a garden with trees, lights, artificial turf and a BBQ area for all residents.
She even contacted Network Rail to see if it would be possible to decorate a rusty fence with fake ivy and fairy lights, and got permission to do so.
Park PM, however, was forced to remove all furnishings after receiving a complaint from one of the residents – leaving the garden again as a wasteland.
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Lawrie told Glasgow Live: “The piece of land outside my living room window had turned into a dump and was a real eyesore. I kept asking the factors – which I pay £ 97 a month – to clean up the mess They told me it wasn’t an area they maintained as part of the cost of the earthworks.
“After numerous attempts to convince them to do something about the chaos, I asked them if I could clean up the area and make it more visually appealing. You agreed with me.
“I spent nearly £ 1,500 of my own money converting a dump into a beautiful garden that anyone can use. However, Park PM changed their mind and hired a contractor to remove all of my work while I was away.
“They are now saying that they are trying to shape the area at the expense of development.”
She added, “My neighbors enjoyed using the garden space, planting plants, meeting the family outdoors due to restrictions – Park PM has taken this privilege away from everyone.
“I am very upset and angry about what you did. They took my property to the communal trash area but took my conifers which I paid nearly £ 1000 for. I reported this to the Scottish Police as a theft.
“Park PM also told me to remove the fake ivy that I attached to the rusty fence – this fence is not theirs.
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“There are eight apartments in my block – I spoke to six residents who don’t mind and who actually praised the work – definitely the majority?”
Lawrie reported the removal of 13 coniferous plants worth £ 240 to Police Scotland, who are now investigating.
A spokeswoman for Park PM said: “A resident asked if she could place planters on common ground within an approved housing estate unless there was a complaint from co-owners of planting, lighting, AstroTurf and a barbecue area Tables and chairs.
“Following a complaint from another owner, we wrote to the resident several times and asked that all items be removed within a month. However, all offers were rejected.
“As a result, at the request of the owners and in accordance with the title deeds, we hired a contractor to remove the installation and the resident was again informed of the process.”
Scottish Police confirmed they had been contacted about the matter but concluded that no crime had been committed.