FAMILIES living in an ‘unfinished’ Ashbourne housing estate say they are ‘sick to death’ of having waited almost a year for finishing touches to be made to the development.
Residents of Cavendish Drive, in a cluster of newly-built houses at the top of Derby Road near to the Airfield Industrial Estate, said it was time ‘someone pulled their finger out’ and completed the infrastructure around the properties.
According to people living on the estate, part of which is owned by Derwent Living, builder Miller Homes has left the development ‘half finished’ – with incomplete roads and pavements and play areas littered with equipment.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I’ve been living here almost a year now and pay £25 a month for maintenance, but repeated calls and emails asking for updates on when the estate will be finished go unanswered, or I am fobbed off with smokescreens saying it’s down to the developers or the council.
“The road has more than 10 manholes with raised edges where the surface hasn’t been Tarmaced and it’s a nightmare trying to drive over them.
“As soon as it snows they won’t be visible and I am sure car tyres will be damaged as they go over the sharp metal corners.
“After a year it’s time someone pulled their finger out.”
As well as an unfinished road surface, pavements that have been dug up in some places are still not restored and building materials have been left on a patch of grass referred to as the ‘wasteland’, that had been earmarked to become a play area.
Residents living in shared tenancy accomodation, which dominates the estate, have called on housing provider Derwent Living to use their maintenance payments to spruce it up.
A spokesman for the organisation told the News Telegraph: “There have been significant delays to finishing the road surfacing and the public open space and we appreciate how frustrating this is for residents.
“It is important in achieving a good finish to the road that the surfacing is carried out as a continuous programme by Miller Homes.
“Surfacing cannot begin until the details of the treatment to the public open space have been agreed between our developers and local authority partners.
“We understand that this has now been agreed. The work on the open area should commence early in the New Year. We are continuing to work with our partner organisations and residents to resolve the outstanding works as soon as possible.”
In a statement issued yesterday Miller Homes apologised for the delays in finishing its housing project and promised the end was in sight. A spokesman said: “There have been some delays with the final surfacing of roads at our development in Cavendish Drive, however we can confirm that this will take place during mid-January and we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused to residents.”
Derbyshire County Council said responsibility over the roads and pavements would not be taken by the authority until they were finished to an ‘adoptable standard’.