Road repairs? Do them yourselves, Hawkwell residents told

Echo: Angry - residents say developers have ruined their road Angry - residents say developers have ruined their road

ANGRY residents have been told to fix their road themselves for a second time, despite developers digging it up to build new homes.

People living in Thorpe Road, Hawkwell, have made several complaints to David Wilson Homes about the state of their road and surrounding grass verges.

The firmhas been doing work on its Clements Gate development nearby and has dug up an unmade part of Thorpe Road four times since last summer.

Residents want the developer to repair it, but have been told to do it themselves if they want it fixed.

Carol Dutton, 67, said: “We repaired the road last summer. I’m 67 and my neighbour is 70, it nearly killed us.

“It has been a shock the way they have left the road. It is not good enough.

“It has been life-changing for us, we cannot access our road and the constant noise and dust has been unbearable.”

The residents’ repairs to the road last summer were done with materials provided by David Wilson Homes, and the developers have offered them similar materials this spring.

The company has refused to fix the road themselves as it says not all residents wish the unmade road to be paved, thinking it will encourage more cars to use it as a cut-through.

A statement from the developers said: “We engaged extensively with local residents during the planning stages for Clements Gate, offering to pave the unmade end of Thorpe Road and this offer was declined.

“A fewmonths ago a number of residents asked us to repair this road after it was felt that our construction activity had exasperated the existing potholes.

“This bit of Thorpe Road is publicly owned, but privately maintained, so before DWH can carry out any works, consent must be given from all of the roads residents.

“David Wilson Homes provided the material so residents could carry out the improvements as they see fit and we are very happy to do so again.”

John Mason, Independent councillor for Hawkwell West, said the developers should repair the road themselves.

He said: “The residents have already made the road once because they respected the situation. But now the developer’s contractors have broken it up again they don’t have a moral leg to stand on, David Wilson Homes should repair it themselves.”

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7:33am Thu 17 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

If they were that concerned they would be paying their full council tax, and as such, have a properly tarmaced road, as this dirt track is just that, is it any surprise it is in the state it is.
On a positive note, think of the splendid exercise the job gives, to otherwise idle folk, better than the gym...
If they were that concerned they would be paying their full council tax, and as such, have a properly tarmaced road, as this dirt track is just that, is it any surprise it is in the state it is. On a positive note, think of the splendid exercise the job gives, to otherwise idle folk, better than the gym... CarnMountification
  • Score: -13

8:16am Thu 17 Apr 14

Thomo100 says...

Looks OK to me.
What 'nearly killed them'?
Looks OK to me. What 'nearly killed them'? Thomo100
  • Score: -3

8:18am Thu 17 Apr 14

supermadmax says...

"it nearly killed us!!!"

Its hard to take his grievance seriously when he makes silly statements like that. P
"it nearly killed us!!!" Its hard to take his grievance seriously when he makes silly statements like that. P supermadmax
  • Score: 5

8:40am Thu 17 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

CarnMountification wrote:
If they were that concerned they would be paying their full council tax, and as such, have a properly tarmaced road, as this dirt track is just that, is it any surprise it is in the state it is.
On a positive note, think of the splendid exercise the job gives, to otherwise idle folk, better than the gym...
Like idle folk who sit behind a keyboard all day thinking up new usernames?
[quote][p][bold]CarnMountification[/bold] wrote: If they were that concerned they would be paying their full council tax, and as such, have a properly tarmaced road, as this dirt track is just that, is it any surprise it is in the state it is. On a positive note, think of the splendid exercise the job gives, to otherwise idle folk, better than the gym...[/p][/quote]Like idle folk who sit behind a keyboard all day thinking up new usernames? InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 15

9:21am Thu 17 Apr 14

Spidey999 says...

Imagine a 67 year old lady with asthma and a 70 year old lady
Spending two days Shoveling over a ton of crushed concret. That's
What " nearly killed them" two older lady's doing the
Work that could have been easly done by DWH with a digger, but they refused to even though they had caused damadge, because one of the residents didn't want The road to be useable. Although they have had the bit outside Their own house made up!!

Of couse their paying their full council tax!!!! You don't get a reduction because you live on an unmade road!!

Take a drive down the road its awful!!!!
Imagine a 67 year old lady with asthma and a 70 year old lady Spending two days Shoveling over a ton of crushed concret. That's What " nearly killed them" two older lady's doing the Work that could have been easly done by DWH with a digger, but they refused to even though they had caused damadge, because one of the residents didn't want The road to be useable. Although they have had the bit outside Their own house made up!! Of couse their paying their full council tax!!!! You don't get a reduction because you live on an unmade road!! Take a drive down the road its awful!!!! Spidey999
  • Score: 8

2:09pm Thu 17 Apr 14

CarnMountification says...

supermadmax wrote:
"it nearly killed us!!!"

Its hard to take his grievance seriously when he makes silly statements like that. P
Lucky you were not on the Burma railway....
[quote][p][bold]supermadmax[/bold] wrote: "it nearly killed us!!!" Its hard to take his grievance seriously when he makes silly statements like that. P[/p][/quote]Lucky you were not on the Burma railway.... CarnMountification
  • Score: -4

3:24pm Thu 17 Apr 14

pembury53 says...

i hope the residents local to jotmans are reading this........
i hope the residents local to jotmans are reading this........ pembury53
  • Score: 1

7:57pm Thu 17 Apr 14

John4200 says...

If you take this photo out of context, he looks like he's going to drop the heaviest album of 2014.
If you take this photo out of context, he looks like he's going to drop the heaviest album of 2014. John4200
  • Score: 4

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