Stanton estate residents say developers failed to finish play areas
Residents of a new housing estate say its developers have left community play areas unsafe for children and are ignoring pleas to sort it out.
Families living on Mill View estate, Stanton, say Abbey Developments, of Potters Bar, moved off site six months ago but have left them with community open spaces that are littered with flints and rubble and have become overgrown.
Parish councillor Brian Brown, who lives on the estate, said: “Abbey keep saying they’re going to mow it and do this and that, but nothing happens.
“Its got flints, stones and rubble and it’s open for children to enter. If they don’t level it off it’s not going to be safe for children to play on.
“It could be such a lovely space because you’ve got the windmill just off the play area. They could have made ita lovely area to sell their houses.
“It’s not because it hasn’t been tended.”
Cllr Brown said Abbey delivered 17 lorry loads of topsoil but it contained stones, bricks and tree trunks as if it had come from another site they were clearing.
He added that parts of the open space flooded when it rained because it had not been levelled and had no drainage.
Residents were to pay a fee to a management company to maintain communal areas, but the land has not yet been handed over to that company.
Residents have had help from county and borough councillors in their efforts to get Abbey to do the work.
Borough councillor Jim Thorndyke said the estates’s planning permission laid down requirements for the play area and landscaping and he felt the work done on it was ‘half hearted’.
“Most of the area was a builders’ yard where they kept their materials, so it’s not the best soil,” he said. “They sort of levelled it and now it’s all growing on top of it.
“Equipment they said would be there is all there, it’s just you can’t find it because it’s all in a jungle – it’s totally unsuitable.”
He said Abbey had been given two deadlines with nothing being done, so he would be talking to council officers about serving planning enforcement notices.
He added: “Abbey own land next to it. At some time they’ll be looking to seek planning permission to do that so you would think they would want to be getting this decent.”
The Bury Free Press asked Abbey Development’s managing director Lorenzo Fraquelli to comment.