Moves on work at development

Malcolm Chell, a home owner on Phoenix Drive on the Oliver's Heights estate, who like many residents, is unhappy at the unfinished state of the roads, paths and landscaping around the development. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121950a
Malcolm Chell, a home owner on Phoenix Drive on the Oliver's Heights estate, who like many residents, is unhappy at the unfinished state of the roads, paths and landscaping around the development. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121950a

PRESSURE is mounting on developers responsible for Scarborough’s Oliver’s Heights estate to complete a range of unfinished work.

For years residents have been faced with unfinished road surfaces, raised manhole covers, street lighting that doesn’t work and overgrown “green areas”.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s just a constant battle to try and get something done.

“There are two areas of open space that are just wilderness land and it’s been like it for years now.

“The road surfaces were never finished and there is an issue regarding a lack of parking.

“When you move to a new development, you don’t expect to be unable to park on your own drive because it’s not long enough.”

Following a number of community meetings, their case has been taken up by Falsgrave Park ward councillor John Ritchie.

Cllr Ritchie has written to Leeds-based developers Oakapple, asking them to address the issues as a matter of urgency.

He said that residents feel “more than frustrated that the scheme seems to have been abandoned”.

Cllr Ritchie added: “Initially residents had some sympathy for the circumstances surrounding the lack of progress, which was brought about by the global economic downturn, sub contractors going bust and banks not lending money.

“However, the patience of residents has now come to an end and they demand that the organisations involved in this saga take responsibility and help address and resolve the issues.”

Oakapple chairman Phil Taylor confirmed that he had met with Scarborough Council planning officers two weeks ago about the making good of the two open public spaces.

He said: “We’ve requested funding from the bank and should have a decision by next week.

“Regarding the roads, we’ve had several meetings with North Yorkshire County Council highways representatives and the ball is now in their court.

“We’re waiting for them to confirm that we can proceed on the works.

Mr Taylor said there was “will on everyone’s part” to get the work completed, but it had been difficult to move forward due to the economic climate.

He explained that the open areas will feature lawns, paved areas and seating and could hopefully be completed by the end of summer.