‘It is just really unacceptable’ - Wisbech estate still ‘unsafe’ with hazardous pavements one year on

PUBLISHED: 15:25 09 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:10 09 January 2020

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Pictured are residents on the estate last year. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Pictured are residents on the estate last year. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

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An unadopted housing estate in Wisbech still has hazardous pavements, potholes and is used as a “dumping ground” one year since residents campaigned for action.

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

The Cromwell Gardens estate has been left incomplete for eight years - with gaping holes, uneven kerbs and blocked drains.

Residents claim that developers Reason Homes won't finish it until their last build of eight town houses on another plot of land in Ellerby Drive is complete.

A campaign group was set up on Facebook last spring in a bid to finally get something done on the estate.

But Reason Homes say that they have "cleared and secured all open space" and kerbs were reset.

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

However, Colin Paterson, who moved on to the estate in 2016, said some of the footpaths haven't started on yet and the roads "still haven't been touched".

"There are no play areas for children and they are pushing prams down the road and nearly going into holes," Colin said.

"The playground area is still a dumping ground - there is all sorts in there.

"It is just still really unacceptable.

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

"The containers were moved but sunken drain lids and uneven kerbs still remain.

Residents say that footpaths and kerbs have not been fully completed and paths are unfinished around Cox's Close and the whole length of Weasenham Lane when entering the Cromwell Gardens estate.

Land next to Ellerby Drive has kerb stones only so far down the road and some are missing.

Colin continued: "The roads are not in safe condition. There are sunken drains needing attention.

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

"This will affect the value of our homes

"They say that remedial work will take place but then nothing happens."

Around half of the residents from 120 houses on the estate are part of the campaign group - which runs from a Facebook page.

David Wyatt, from Reason Homes, said: "We are not aware of any potholes in the roads, I have arranged an inspection.

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

"All the open space was cleared and secured, we cannot be held responsible for people continuingly dumping rubbish on this area.

"Kerbs were reset when the footpaths were finished and inspected by Cambridgeshire County Council Highways Department."

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP Residents still upset Wisbech Cromwell Garden's estate is incomplete - one year since they started campaigning for action. Picture: CROMWELL RESIDENTS GROUP

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