A GRANDFATHER who says his family members have sustained serious injuries as a result of his 'dangerous' back garden has today hit out at housing bosses.

William Alexander moved in to a new property on Broadstone Avenue in Port Glasgow, which was built by Cruden Homes on behalf of Sanctuary Housing Scotland two years ago.

The 62-year-old, who lives there with long-term partner Elvira Macfadyen, says they were left with a steep and hazardous garden with protruding drain covers.

Elvira and his grandchildren have had accidents tripping over on them and the garden is now out of bounds as it is so dangerous.

The disgruntled tenant says one of his youngest granddaughters fell down a steep slope in the garden and smashed her face off the garden wall.

His eight-year-old grandson Niall Ferguson, pictured, also fell playing football outside and seriously injured his leg.

Mr Alexander, who is a retired foreman for River Clyde Homes, claims his worries have 'fallen on deaf ears' and says the solutions offered by Sanctuary have not resolved the issues.

He told the Tele: "This is a real health and safety issue.

"The back garden is too dangerous for us to use.

"My partner tripped over and fell on the covers which are right at the grass and my grandson fell too and he seriously injured his leg.

"One of my smallest grandchildren was out playing and fell down a big ditch and smashed her face off the wall.

"We can't even let our grandchildren round here to play, we're terrified something will happen and they will do themselves lasting damage."

Mr Alexander says has has been visited by representatives of both Sanctuary and Cruden but is not satisfied with their response.

He said: "Someone came and tried to level out the covers by putting sand over them, but it needs to be properly looked at.

"I appreciate our garden is on a slope, but the ditch is just unacceptable.

"I tried to block it off with garden furniture to stop anyone falling down it again.

"I'm fed up with getting nowhere."

The Tele raised Mr Alexander's case with Sanctuary Housing, who say they have been working with Cruden Building to try and address the problems.

They added that they will be taking steps to make the garden safer.

A spokesperson for Sanctuary Scotland said: "We have been working with Cruden Building to address Mr Alexander’s concerns and following a garden inspection by a surveyor at the start of June, arrangements are being made to lower the drain rodding eye covers.

"While some of the gardens on this development do feature a slight slope due to their location, we will be talking to Mr Alexander about any additional concerns he has."