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'Unfinished' estate to reach the final stage?

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

Cavendish Drive's 'wasteland', before work was carried out on the road.

Cavendish Drive's 'wasteland', before work was carried out on the road.

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A HOUSING estate that had been left unfinished by developers should be completed in time for the summer holidays, allowing children to play on a new basketball court when they break up from school.

Residents in Cavendish Drive, off Derby Road, had been waiting more than a year for road surfaces to be laid, equipment to be removed and cables left unconnected to be tidied up.

When the News Telegraph contacted builders Miller Homes in December, work started a month later and the roads were surfaced, but a patch of ground in the middle of the estate known to residents as the "wasteland" was left untouched.

The plot had been earmarked for a play area but four months after the firm announced it hoped to have the job done "in the new year", the work has not been carried out.

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One resident, who did not want to be named, said: "I've asked for a timescale several times, but just get fobbed off with empty promises.

"Last summer they said it would be done soon, then it was before Christmas, then in January, now the latest correspondence from Derwent Housing (the site's social housing provider) says they can't get Miller to commit to a time-frame.

"I don't understand how it can drag on so long. It took almost a year just to get the road complete. The problem is the kids have nowhere to play so they just hang around in the road playing ball and on their bikes. It's dangerous as some of them are very young and don't realise how quickly the cars drive down here.

"I'm totally fed up with having gangs of noisy kids outside my house, but it's not their fault, they need somewhere safe to play, and that is what we were promised when we moved here.

"It's much better now that the road has finally been re-surfaced but it's as if they've run out of steam again. Now everyone just wants to see it finished."

Derwent Housing, which runs shared tenancy accommodation in the estate, said it was keen to see the work finished to a high standard.

Residents pay £25 per month for maintenance of the site but this agreement only covers small strips of grass verge and not the "wasteland", which has been left untended and covered in rubble.

A spokesperson for Miller Homes said: ''We can confirm that all road and pavement surfacing work is now complete at our development on Cavendish Drive.

"Work on the recreational area, where we will install a basketball court, is due to commence shortly and both this and the associated landscaping will be complete before the school summer holidays begin in July."

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