Room with a view…to forget

THE nightmare goes on for residents living next to a new £5.2million housing development in Mossley.

Homeowners on Earnshaw Clough had hoped the 36-house Buckton View scheme would be completed by August after construction work lasting 75 weeks.

Jackie Richardson, left, and Sarah Gibson

They have since learned that CPUK, who are building the homes for House Crowd Developments, will not be completed for a further 12 months.

“It is a continual nightmare which has impacted all our lives. We will have to put up with it for another year,” explained resident Sarah Gibson.

She also produced a letter from CPUK informing them piledriving work will recommence on Monday, July 29 after claiming to have been previously told it had been completed.

Sarah added the noise from the building work and lorries travelling along the once cul-de-sac is annoying.

“Then there is the road sweeper which is noisy and disruptive and it doesn’t clean the road properly,” she said.

Another major complaint is the ‘Wall of Steel’ that confronts residents when they look out of the windows at the rear of their property.

There is a further claim with residents alleging it had been erected too close to their property.

Sarah said: “The steelwork, which has already buckled, is a huge issue as it is not in keeping with the area.

“The developer has offered to screen it with trees but we don’t think that is appropriate. One scheme was with oak trees which would be mental being so close to our homes.”

The strength of feeling is such that householders have formed the Earnshaw Clough Residents Group and recently more than 60 attended a meeting with the developer at the George Lawton Hall.

Resident Jackie Richardson’s husband held a one-man demonstration last year as the piledriving was depriving the shift worker of sleep.

“CPUK has ridden roughshod over us and Tameside Council have done nothing to help us,” she said.

Jackie and Sarah also raised the issue of who would be responsible for the maintenance of the planting once the housing development has been completed.

Buckton View is described by CPUK on its website as “a high quality designed residential development consisting of 36 new dwellings on the existing vacant land off Micklehurst Road, Mossley”.

The site is split into two distinct areas located on either side of Micklehurst Brook.

Three terraced cottages have been constructed fronting on to Micklehurst and the remaining 33 dwellings are accessed via Earnshaw Clough on the opposite side of the brook and are a continuation of an existing housing site which has been recently completed.

The CPUK website stated works on site include extensive re-contouring of the existing levels including ground pinning, installation of various retaining structures including sheet piles, gabion baskets and masonry/concrete walls, some to highways adoptable specification.

• CPUK and Tameside Council were contacted for a comment but neither had replied by the time the Correspondent went to print.

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