Residents' fury as roadworks to fix pothole and drainage stalled

Residents' fury as roadworks to fix pothole and drainage stalled

June 15, 2023

Residents’ fury after roadworks to fix pothole and drainage on a newly-built housing estate is stalled – leaving them feeling like they are ‘living in a prison’

  • Neighbours on the Langley Park development in Maidstone have complained

Furious residents on a newly-built housing estate say they feel like they are ‘living in a prison’ behind railings amongst unfinished roadworks after ‘failed promises’ from a construction company. 

Neighbours on the development at Langley Park, Maidstone, Kent, claim that years after moving in the works have still not been completed, meaning they are still forced to negotiate stretches of potholes. 

They say they have to deal with problems arising from inadequate drainage which means the ‘road is like a swimming pool when it rains’.

Others told how they have had to replace tyres on their cars due to the poor state of the road. 

Taylor Wimpey, the construction company in charge of the roadworks, insist they are committed to completing the outstanding works to Edmett Way as soon as possible.

Ronnie McKeown, 68, uses a wheelchair as he has had one leg amputated. He said: ‘Three times I’ve fallen out of my wheelchair because of the uneven camber of the road.

Ronnie McKeown, in front of the unfinished roadworks. He said the railings make him feel like he is ‘living in a prison’

Rubble on Langley Park Estate, where roadworks haven’t been completed

Residents claim the works have been finished for several years despite promises

‘It’s like living in a prison here – I look out and all I see is railings.’

His wife Pauline McKeown added: ‘Taylor Wimpey promised us the earth. They said it would be such a beautiful place to live. What we’ve got is not what we signed up for.’

The couple claimed the response from Taylor Wimpey to their complaints had been less than encouraging.

Mr McKeown said: ‘There is no street lighting here and last winter school kids were walking up here in the dark.

‘When I rang and said ‘Look you really have to do something about this’, the woman suggested I go out and buy some garden solar lights and they would reimburse me.

‘It’s not like they are still doing any work. The builders pulled out three weeks ago, just leaving piles of rubble and tarmac everywhere. It’s a mess.’

His wife added: ‘They promised us faithfully it would be finished in two weeks. That was in September last year.’

The barriers (left) on the estate – One said  ‘I look out and all I see is railings’

This appears to be an unfinished kerb – as residents are losing their patience 

Fran Carver is also among a growing number of residents fed up with the state of the development.

She said: ‘We moved in on February 29, 2020, but the road still remains unfinished.

‘And we are constantly being fobbed off by Taylor Wimpey as to when the work will be completed.’

She added: ‘The first people moved in here eight years ago, so I really feel that this is unacceptable.

‘We have already had to replace two tyres this year due to the poor state of the road and the debris strewn about.’

Mrs Carver said she wrote to Taylor Wimpey telling them she and her neighbours were ‘at the end of our tethers’ over the lack of information about the completion of the development.

‘The road is like a swimming pool when it rains, she said. ‘The drainage system is inadequate, and the road becomes flooded, making it difficult to drive through.

‘This is a serious safety hazard. My husband had to fill in one area around the drains himself with sharp sand just to stop that area flooding.

‘Their workmanship is of such poor quality. The road surface is uneven, and there are numerous potholes.

‘This is not only unsightly but also dangerous.’ 

Brian Williams, a resident affected by roadworks on the Langley Park Estate

Residents are complaining of potholes on the road outside their homes in Maidstone, Kent 

Martee Figueiredo has lived in the development for three and a half years.

She said: ‘Sometimes Taylor Wimpey have randomly blocked off our driveway, allegedly to work on the road, but no work has been done.

‘I work from home so I can say that nothing has happened here for at least the past three months.’

She added: ‘The state of the road is horrendous, and we never got the parking layby we were promised. They’ve just left it and gone.’

Storm Tewkesbury moved into the new development three and a half years ago and claims to have lost a tyre thanks to a slab of concrete left in the road.

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The 27-year-old said: ‘It has been a pain to be honest. A couple of months ago I popped one of my tyres on a big lump of concrete that was just sat in the middle of the road.

‘Just before you get to the school on the estate there’s a really tight corner. They have been redoing those pebbly corners for ages and they just had one of the broken out concrete on the side of the road.

‘I had a delivery driver that came onto my side of the road so I had to pull right in and I clipped it and I just heard the hiss sound.’

She added: ‘It can feel dangerous at times. Like with roadworks in and around the park it takes up quite a big chunk of the corner of my road so you have to be careful.’

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: ‘We understand the concerns of local residents and would like to assure them that we are committed to completing the outstanding works to Edmett Way as soon as possible.

‘We will remain in close contact with Kent County Council Highways as we finalise the programme of work and would like to thank residents for their patience.’

MailOnline has contacted Taylor Wimpey for further comment.  

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