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Homeowner is facing £400,000 repair bill after 40ft high ancient castle wall collapses outside his three-bed property following weeks of heavy rain and storms

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A father-of-two is facing a stunning £400,000 repair bill after an ancient castle wall collapsed outside his home.

Adam Giagnotti, 42, was shocked when the 40ft-high retaining wall came crashing down following weeks of heavy rain and storms.

Tonnes of rubble and mud blocked Reservoir Lane in Worcester following the landslide on February 9.

Mr Giagnotti, whose three-bed semi-detached home is above the wall, has been told he is responsible for paying for the repairs and a set of temporary traffic lights.

However, his insurance company claims the wall falls outside the boundary of the property so are refusing to pay out.

Mr Giagnotti, who owns two restaurants in the city, now fears he will have to pay the expected £400,000 bill out of his own pocket.

He said: ‘That [£400,000] is the figure. The council has not taken responsibility. They have been useless.

Adam Giagnotti, 42, was shocked when the 40ft-high retaining wall came crashing down following weeks of heavy rain and storms

Adam Giagnotti, 42, was shocked when the 40ft-high retaining wall came crashing down following weeks of heavy rain and storms

Tonnes of rubble and mud blocked Reservoir Lane in Worcester following the landslide on February 9

Tonnes of rubble and mud blocked Reservoir Lane in Worcester following the landslide on February 9

Adam, whose three-bed semi-detached home is above the wall, has been told he is responsible for paying for the repairs and a set of temporary traffic lights

Adam, whose three-bed semi-detached home is above the wall, has been told he is responsible for paying for the repairs and a set of temporary traffic lights

However, his insurance company claims the wall falls outside the boundary of the property so are refusing to pay out

However, his insurance company claims the wall falls outside the boundary of the property so are refusing to pay out

‘They are charging me for everything, including the traffic light system. I’m on my own really. It’s not great.

‘The council should take responsibility at least for clearing it up and making it safe.

‘We have the correct insurance but they’re refusing to pay because they say the wall was inadequate.

‘It’s all on me. They should not be charging me for traffic lights. They should be helping me and encouraging me.

‘I am a businessman but it doesn’t mean I have that sort of money, unfortunately.

‘We were trying to open a third venue. That has now had to be put on hold.

‘It’s not my business money that can solve this – I have to find this money personally.’ 

Mr Giagnotti, who paid £216,000 for his home in March 2015, says his children’s sandpit was near the wall which crumbled.

Mr Giagnotti, who owns two restaurants in the city, now fears he will have to pay the expected £400,000 bill out of his own pocket

Mr Giagnotti, who owns two restaurants in the city, now fears he will have to pay the expected £400,000 bill out of his own pocket

Mr Giagnotti, who paid £216,000 for his home in March 2015, says his children's sandpit was near the wall which crumbled

Mr Giagnotti, who paid £216,000 for his home in March 2015, says his children’s sandpit was near the wall which crumbled

Now he says he has been told by Worcestershire County Council and his insurers that he will have to foot the final repair bill

Now he says he has been told by Worcestershire County Council and his insurers that he will have to foot the final repair bill

Another section of the wall collapsed in 1998 following flooding which took months to repair

Another section of the wall collapsed in 1998 following flooding which took months to repair

He added: ‘Emotionally this has broken me and my family.

‘The kids’ sandpit was on top of the wall and they were playing in it the night before it collapsed.

‘That’s the only thing that has kept me going, knowing they’re not dead.’

Now he says he has been told by Worcestershire County Council and his insurers that he will have to foot the final repair bill.

Another section of the wall collapsed in 1998 following flooding which took months to repair.

A petition has been set up on change.org in a bid to force the council to pay for the wall repairs.

A spokesperson for Worcestershire County Council said: ‘Our Highway Status and Extent team completed their search enquiry to confirm ownership. The conveyance on the property confirms that ownership and maintenance of the retaining wall rests with the landowner.

We can confirm that the area was made safe following this wall collapse, and traffic management installed. There are daily costs being incurred as a result of the traffic lights at this location. On completion of the required works to the wall, we will then discuss further with the resident.’



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