A CLYDEBANK council tenant whose roof blew off during Storm Ali six weeks ago is furious that the damage has still not been fixed.

John Pollock says he is disgusted at the time West Dunbartonshire Council is taking to repair the roof, which has been temporarily covered by a tarpaulin.

He told the Post this week the tarpaulin is not totally watertight and rain is getting into his loft, a situation which is causing him a lot of worry.

He said: “It’s ridiculous that after all this time the roof has not been completely fixed.

“The water is not gushing in but it clearly is getting through and I have had to put down buckets to catch it.

“Every time it rains I am up there checking what’s happening because the last thing I want is for water to get into the house.

“Having to do this is causing me a lot of stress and inconvenience.”

However, the council told the Post this week that it will be mid November before work can start on the repairs due to a delay with the delivery of specialist materials.

John, who works locally as a pallet controller, is now taking advice on whether he can stop paying his £400-a-month rent for the three-bedroom house in Robert Burns Street.

He says that despite making several phone calls and visiting council offices, no one is giving him clear information on when the proper repair will be carried out.

He said: “I just want someone in authority to contact me with some sort of update. After a month of this happening no-one from the council has called, texted or written to us giving information regarding the situation.

“This is after trying to seek advice or updates from the housing department, repairs department, either in person or calling, but there has been nothing.”

John said: “Obviously, my neighbours are affected as well and they have been told to seek help from councillors.

“That shouldn’t have to be the case. This is not just something like a burst pipe - it the whole roof that’s come off.”

The damage occurred when the widely forecast storm Ali, the first named storm of the season, swept through the area in mid September leaving a trail of destruction.

John, who was not at home at the time of the incident, received a phone call about the roof from his stepson.

He said: “At first I thought he was talking about the garden shed, and couldn’t believe it when he said ‘no, it’s the roof’.”

“It had been ripped off from the back end of the building and flipped over into the garden.”

A council spokesperson told the Post: “We are sorry that Mr Pollock is unhappy with the service he has received.

“As soon as we were aware of storm damage to his property, we secured the roof and began making arrangements for a contractor to carry out repairs.

“Unfortunately there was a slight delay with the delivery of the specialist materials required, but work is now due to commence on November 12.

“Housing officers will meet with Mr Pollock to discuss any costs he may have incurred as a result of this inconvenience and we will continue to support him until this work has been completed.”