A PAVER says he is owed more than £16,000 by the contractors of St George’s Square.
Ashley Browitt says he was left with an unpaid bill of £16,555 plus VAT for work he carried out at St George’s Square between April 28 and August 2008.
Last December, after months of not being paid, he made a submission to an independent adjudicator to get a decision on whether Wrekin Construction should pay him.
The adjudicator found in favour of Mr Browitt at the hearing on February 6 and the firm was given a week to pay up.
As well as being made to pay Mr Browitt, owner of AB Paving, Wrekin were also told to pay his costs and the adjudicator fees – totalling £21,349.
To date he is still waiting for his cash.
Mr Browitt said: “I am heartbroken by it all, I’ve lost money in this and it’s just not fair.
“I’ve had to use my savings – my livelihood depends on this.”
Mr Browitt put a tender in for the job and was asked to be on site by April.
He was not told there was a problem with the tender or price and he, his son and a colleague started work at the end of April 2008.
It was about ten weeks before he got paid but he says he has only had £7,000 in “dribs and drabs”.
He has been chasing the rest of the money ever since.
He was told it could cost as much as £10,000 to take the matter to court.
So last December he made an application to have the matter heard before an adjudicator, which is still legally binding.
He added: “I’ve asked Wrekin why I’ve not been paid and they say because they’re waiting for money from someone else.
“I spoke to someone at the council who said they had reserves and could pay me with Wrekin’s permission, which they would not give.
“It’s making me ill trying to sort it all out.
“How long do they expect people to wait to be paid for a job that was started eight months ago?
“I’m led to believe the job is in a right mess.
“I don’t want to make any money, I don’t want more than they owe me, but I want to be paid for the job I’ve done.”
In the adjudicators report, Wrekin’s position is that they were to pay a daywork rate of £315 per day.
They said they “could not proceed on the basis of ABs price work rate” because they were higher than Wrekin’s own.
A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “We will work with any of our contractors and sub-contractors to try and ensure the smooth running of this major contract.”
The Examiner tried to contact Wrekin for a comment but no-one responded.