DELAYS in the installation of a heating system at a home in Lullington have made its disabled tenant unwell, he has claimed.
Michael Young says the fact he was left without proper heating whilst contractors put in new radiators left him suffering chest pains and an infection, and that the issue was prolonged as workers abandoned the job half way through.
However, South Derbyshire District Council claims its staff offered the 59-year-old temporary heating during the work and he refused. A spokesman for the authority added that the delay had been caused by Mr Young asking the contractors to leave his home.
The Colville Close resident told the Mail: “I have been sitting at home with no heating and just two small oil radiators. My illnesses are life-threatening and it was putting me in a dangerous situation. It was putting my health at risk.
“They just left the work. They started the work and just left it.
“It’s getting colder and I need the heating on.”
Mr Young said he suffers from COPD, diabetes, schizophrenia and a number of other complaints, and that several of these conditions had worsened since he was left without heating.
He claimed the council had offered him blow heaters, but he refused as these can affect his health. He also said the contractors left his house to go to another job, saying they would return on Monday. He was concerned that would leave him without heating all weekend.
South Derbyshire District Council owns the bungalow, which Mr Young has lived in for just over a year. The work was taking place to replace the old coal fire which was in the house.
A spokesman for the authority said different heaters were offered to him after Mr Young refused the blow heaters, but these were also turned down.
She added: “It was Mr Young who asked the contractors to leave his home and from that point the council has been trying to resolve the matter.”
The work was completed on Friday.