Residents on a housing estate in Wisbech have been waiting for roads and paths to be finished - for six years

Winceby Close, Wisbech

Winceby Close, Wisbech - Credit: Archant

Roads and pavements are an unfinished mess at a Wisbech housing estate, according to a resident, who has found nothing can be done legally to force developers, Reasons Homes, to finish the job.

Winceby Close, Wisbech

Winceby Close, Wisbech - Credit: Archant

But in the last six years, as homes have swiftly gone up and families moved in, the developers have not finished the road and path network.

A resident in Winceby Close, said: “They’ve left lumps of tar as pavement. The roads are unmade.

“I don’t know how anybody would cope if they tried to come down here in a wheelchair.

“We wanted a caravan but we can’t as it’s too steep a bump up to our driveway.

Winceby Close, Wisbech

Winceby Close, Wisbech - Credit: Archant


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“It’s staggering that a large scale developer gets planning permission for an estate and yet there’s nothing within that permission to make them complete the roads and pathways.

“In our close most of us are in our 70s and we came here to retire. We are not capable of fighting this, we moved here wanting an easy life yet here we are battling for what should have come as standard.

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“If we want to fight this we have to employ our own solicitor. How is that right? It’s a ridiculous situation.”

She added that somebody lost a sale because of it.

“Effectively they’re now trapped here,” she said.

A parcel of land yet to be developed sits at the edge of the estate. Developers told residents they wont complete the work until the estate is finished.

Councillor Steve Tierney said Reasons have pledged to complete the work by summer 2017 and he will be putting pressure on to ensure this happens.

“I’ve had a few residents contact me, things have ground to a halt there,” he said.

“It’s a nice estate and it’s annoying for residents. There’s work that needs doing all over the place.”

A spokesman for Fenland District Council said: “The resident who contacted us has been told that under the planning system we don’t have the power to force developers to complete the work and get the roads in their scheme adopted by the county council.

“It is the developer’s responsibility to bring the roads up to an adoptable standard.”

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