Fed up residents form new group

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A VILLAGE community has joined together to form a residents’ group to tackle problems with a housing association after years of alleged ‘mismanagement’.

Residents living on the Genesis Housing Association’s Great Bricett development have set up a community group to confront the ‘chaos and ineptitude’ they say they have suffered.

A group from the 21-house development in Releet Close and The Street formed the Close Neighbours Residents’ Association with the hope of improving their quality of life at the site which was built in 2007.

David Payne, chairman of the newly formed residents’ association, said in the August newsletter: “Although we aim to be friendly and cooperative with Genesis, I think everyone would concede that each of us has cause to be irate over the way Genesis has mismanaged our estate right from the first year.”

Residents on the development say they decided to set up the association after reaching ‘breaking point’ over the management of the development.

The group allege that weeds had reached shoulder height after the housing association failed to carry out any ground maintenance, and that the smell from a manhole had not been resolved. The residents also claim that they received an email from Genesis earlier in the year saying that, due to an ‘oversight’, it had not budgeted for any maintenance of the development’s communal garden areas or to empty the septic tank this year, although the tank was emptied in July.

A Genesis spokesman said: “Genesis has helped the residents to set up their association in order to facilitate dialogue and for us to resolve the problems on their development.

“Unfortunately, there have been a few issues with the ground maintenance but we are now dealing with all those issues and hope to have them all resolved quickly.”