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Paths in Hawkwell blighted by house developers
6:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in Local News
RESIDENTS living next to a new housing development in Hawkwell say their lives are being turned upside down by building work.
Work began on the development for 175 homes at Christmas Tree Farm, now known as Clements Gate, in February.
Since then, residents on Thorpe Road have said they have had to put up with constant noise and dirt from trucks using the road to access the site and pavements are deteriorating rapidly.
Whilst residents understand some damage is inevitable with such heavy vehicles using the road, they find it unfair the access road and pavements are not being repaired while pavements outside the development’s show home are pristine.
The speed of the trucks using the road is also causing them concern.
David Wilson Homes, the site developers, have road cleaning vechicles clearing the road of mud on a daily basis but residents say it doesn’t help with pavements.
Rocky Collins, 59, of Thorpe Road, said: “They keep the roads quite clean but the paths are getting far worse and it worries us.
“The cleaning vehicle blows the dust and mud onto the path which means they deteriorate. It’s a concern because it’s outside my house and breaks a lot of the pathway up. When the weather changes and we get ice it’s going to get worse.”
Another resident Katie Wood, 33, said if trucks drove slower in the road not as much dirt would be thrown onto the road. She added: “The paths and roads are getting bumpier; you can see that every day, it’s breaking up and getting very worn.”
Tom Brown, 80, and his wife Pat,71, have lived on Thorpe Road for over 40 years. They said the foundations in their house aren’t as strong as a new building, and they can feel their house shake when the lorries drive up and down the road.
Mr Brown said: “The speed of the lorries are a concern but we’ve complained about that before.
“I’ve been over and complained and five minutes later I get a get call saying it’s all been sorted, then the next day they’re still roaring up and down the road.”
Jason Colmer, the sales and marketing director on site for DWH, said that any resident concerned over speed should take down the registration number of the truck and report it to them.
Mr Colmer added: “Work is done to keep the roads clean at all times. We have a wheel cleaner on site for vehicles and a road sweeping vehicle that maintains the cleanliness of the road leading to and from the development.
“We work very closely with the neighbours here to make sure we‘re not causing any light or noise pollution.”
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