Meeting called by MP Barclay offers hope to blighted residents of unfinished Fenland estate

A PUBLIC meeting called by MP Steve Barclay has offered hope to residents of a Fenland village blighted by unfinished roads and no street lighting.

Residents of Christchurch campaigned against the development of The Croft but lost out when Hazelmere Homes began building the estate in 2005.

Residents of the 29 new homes were left devastated when Hazelmere went into administration in 2009 leaving a backlog of unfinished work and outstanding bills from companies such as energy giant E.ON for more than �10,000

However, an action plan has now been drawn up with Cambridgeshire County Council agreeing to provide assistance in ensuring the roads reach the standard required for adoption.

MP Barclay said: “The residents of the Croft have been put in a dreadful position by the collapse of Hazelmere Homes and I am committed to offering my full support until the matter is resolved.

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“People often feel that their voice has not been heard and I wanted to ensure that we had a constructive discussion that focused not on who was to blame for the present situation but instead looked at how we solved this for the future.

“I was very pleased that a number of misunderstandings were resolved and that some clarity was gained as to where we go next.”

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MP Barclay said he had also written to the administrator of Hazelmere Homes to make a number of enquiries, including whether the �15,000 bond left by the developer could be used to kick start remedial work if it was released.

Representatives of 23 homes attended the meeting arranged by the NE Cambs MP, including representatives from Cambridgeshire County Council, E.ON, Fenland District Council, Christchurch Parish Council and the local Internal Drainage Board.

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