Contractors claim mix-up over log pile
A TEMPLECOMBE man claims he ended up with more than he bargained for after having some gardening work carried out.
Kelvin Beardsley, 58, who lives on a private cul-de-sac off High Street, said he approached gardening contractors, Landywood Tree and Garden Services last Tuesday – as it was carrying out work on a neighbour's property – to ask the firm to do some work for him.
He said: "The contractor reeled off what he thought should be done to my property, but all I wanted done was my hedge brought down to a level I could manage. A price was agreed and the work was done."
The firm has denied pestering customers for extra work.
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The next day Mr Beardsley claimed the contractors returned and "dumped" a pile of large logs on his driveway.
He said: "I said they couldn't leave them there.
"They said I could burn them in my log burner, but there is a difference between a log and a tree.
"We could barely lift them they were so big."
Mr Beardsley contacted the police and the contractors' main office and they returned on Friday to remove the logs.
Georgina Lee of Landywood Tree and Garden Services said that there must have been a misunderstanding.
She said: "The logs weren't dumped in his driveway, he asked for some logs, but must have decided he didn't want them.
"Normally we pay to dump them, so if people have got log burners we give them away.
"Our contractors would not have left the logs on the driveway unless they were asked to do so.
"When Mr Beardsley rang to tell us of the problem we arranged for a convenient time for him to collect it and take it away.
"We do not pester customers for more work, and our contractors do not go back to customers to tell them what other work needs doing.
"We wait for customers to contact us with a job and then I book it into the book."
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset police said: "We will be in touch to see if we can help resolve the matter."
"We take all calls like this very seriously and want to see a speedy conclusion."