‘Someone is going to end up getting hurt’ - residents’ fears at Watton housing estate still waiting for its roads to be finished
PUBLISHED: 18:00 16 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:23 17 March 2017
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Concerned residents have said they fear someone may “end up getting hurt” on an estate which is waiting for its road system to be completed.
Roads have been left unfinished on the Blenheim Grange estate, on the outskirts of Watton - meaning they cannot be officially be adopted by Norfolk County Council and restrictions cannot be enforced.
High curbs, which those with disabilities or push chairs find hard to negotiate, cars parking on paths and roads which have not been surfaced properly are some of the problems residents have had to deal with for a number of years.
George Freeman MP for Mid Norfolk visited the estate to meet with the Blenheim Grange Residents’ Association about the situation. He later Tweeted about the issue.
Mr Freeman said he did not want to comment on the matter but will be sending a strongly-worded letter to the housing consortium to take action.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said cars speed up and down the roads and uneven road surfaces cause damage to cars.
He said: “We are annoyed that it has not been finished. The estate is dangerous for walking on. Cars park everywhere. Somebody is going to end up getting hurt by a car.”
Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said it can be dangerous for children because “some people go on the paths to go around the speed bumps”.
She added: “The worst thing is the emergency services. I have watched a firefighter getting out of the fire engine to knock on people’s doors to get them to move their cars.”
A spokesman for the Blenheim Grange consortium - consisting of Taylor Wimpey, Barratt Homes and Bloor Homes - said: “There are works currently underway to install missing sections of the infrastructure, after which there are plans to undertake both sewer and road remedial works on the remainder of the site.
“It is anticipated that these substantial works will continue into 2018, after which it is envisaged that all the highways will be adopted.”
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The Blenheim Grange estate
The developer of the original infrastructure on the estate went into administration, and a consortium of four developers took on the responsibility of completing the building work in tandem with their own developments.
A spokesman for the consortium said one of the four developers is currently in the process of withdrawing from the consortium but the three remaining developers have been liaising with authorities to enable the completion of the site.
Barratt Homes is due to start work on the development of 113 homes on the site later this year.