Former footballer turned estate agent Derek Collins has left his neighbours reeling after his builders on a new three-bedroom house "cut off the water supply" on the street.

The former Greenock Morton defender rubbed up residents the wrong way when his workmen allegedly switched off the water without warning, leaving them unable to have a wash before work.

Miffed neighbours have also accused him of failing to lag water pipes which caused them to freeze over in sub-zero weather, the Daily Record reports.

Clare Mulgrew, 48, lives next to Collins' land in Greenock. She claims she's never had a problem with the idea of the land being developed, but the last few months have been a nightmare.

Derek Collins had two spells at Greenock Morton during his career before hanging up his boots

"Collins’ workmen cut through the pipe that gives water to the four houses on the street and Scottish Water came out to fix it," she said.

"He was apologetic and said the pipe wasn’t on his plans. Although fixed, the pipe was left exposed to the ­elements."

When lockdown hit, workmen left the site alone for several months. But when they returned, the homeowners got another unpleasant surprise.

Nurse Clare said: "They started digging the ­foundation, which saw them turn off the water again.

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"People were trying to get ready for work. That was the day ­relationships soured.”

She also claimed she couldn't use the side entrance of her own house for nine months because the workmen had dug a 10ft hole right next to it.

It has since been backfilled and a massive metal fence has been erected, but Clare says this blocks her from part of her home.

The hole next to Clare's house in Greenock has been filled and fenced off, meaning she can't use the side entrance

Another neighbour, who didn't want to be named, told the Record the building work has been a "disaster" for the street.

Collins made his debut for Greenock Morton in 1987 and spent a decade at the club before moving to Hibernian in 1997.

After loan spells at Preston North End, Partick Thistle and Silema Wanderers of Malta, he returned to Morton where he beat the record for most appearances for the club (534).

The retired defender, who now works for Amazing Results estate agents, said: "I understand the resident’s frustrations but it will be resolved.

“There’s been issues on-site, it’s been a challenging site. That sometimes happens in the building game. Things will be rectified."

Inverclyde council said in a statement: "We’ve been in regular contact with the developer.

"We’ve taken appropriate action where necessary to ensure issues raised are addressed.

"Construction is currently paused pending submission of an application for an amended ­building warrant."