Rogue trader must pay compensation after failing to complete landscaping, decking and block paving jobs

Craig Parker, trading as RJL Block Paving and Landscapes and C&P Block Paving and Landscapes, received a total of nearly £ 6,000 for garden, patio and block paving work from nearly three clients.

After receiving deposits for each of the three jobs between June 2019 and July 2020, he was unable to adequately complete any of the paid work.

On two occasions, apart from some initial excavations, no work at all was done.

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In the third case, the standard was so poor that a chartered surveyor declared that his terrace work was worthless and that there was little prospect that the wood used would be usable.

Despite promising refunds for its customers, there has never been a refund and Teesside Crown Court has now ordered that compensation totaling £ 2,400 be paid for the three customers.

Parker, 39, of Neasham Avenue in Billingham also received a 12-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, after pleading guilty to three bad business practices at an earlier hearing.

To mitigate this, he said that family problems caused him to take on more work than he could handle.

Jamie McCann, Director of Community Services and Transportation for Stockton Borough Council, said: “I hope this is a lesson to Mr. Parker and a warning to others that our trade standards team is carefully investigating reports of incomplete and substandard work.”

The Council’s Trade Standards team can be reached on (01642) 526560 or by email at trade.standards@stockton.gov.uk

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