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Work finally starts on the ‘unfinished’ housing estate

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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WORK has begun to patch up parts of an ‘unfinished’ housing estate shortly after the News Telegraph highlighted the problem on its front page.

People living in a new part of Cavendish Drive, off Derby Road, complained that work to develop the estate had not been finished with roads unsurfaced, ironwork left exposed, cables left unconnected and equipment lying around.

Last week developer Miller Homes sent workmen round to start work on the completion of the housing estate and bosses issued a statement to comfirm it hoped to have everything finished by the end of January.

A spokesman said: “We have, this week, commenced work on repairing damaged kerbs and pavements at our development on Cavendish Drive.

“This work is due to be completed by the weekend and we are aiming to commence final surfacing in the next couple of weeks.

“Subject to favourable weather conditions, all roads within the development should be tarmacked and completed by the end of the month.”

Part of the site is owned by housing provider Derwent Living which said last month it appreciated how ‘frustrating’ the state of the area must be for its residents.

At the time of our last article the organisation said the delay was down to waiting for an agreement to be reached between Miller Homes and its local authority partners on details of how it would be finished.

But this week Samantha Veal, who heads the development team at Derwent Living, told the News Telegraph “We’re delighted that the finishing touches are now being put in place at Cavendish Drive.

“All of the partners involved in this development have been working to complete the scheme to a high standard.

“We were keen to surface the road all at onceand are glad that Miller Homes have been able to do it this way. It gives a far better finish.

“We hope that residents will be pleased with the look and feel of the completed development.”

One resident, who did not want to be named, said she was pleased the work had started but hoped it would not stop at road re-surfacing. She said: “It’s great that the builders have finally got round to tarmacing the road – but it’s a shame that they still haven’t come and collected all the leftover kerbing stones and metal fences that they left behind.

“It still looks unsightly and tatty, as well as still being a danger for the kids”.

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