Work on Leyland estate still not finished - 10 years down the line

Stephen Howell, of Heyes Hunt Avenue, The Oaks, Leyland
Stephen Howell, of Heyes Hunt Avenue, The Oaks, Leyland

It’s been 10 years since Stephen Howell moved into the then-new Oaks estate in Leyland, yet his street still isn’t being maintained by Lancashire County Council.

That’s because developer Taylor Wimpey hasn’t completed work on the site, and Lancashire County Council says it isn’t up to a good enough standard for the council to adopt the roads.

“I don’t understand why the developer is starting work across the road when they haven’t even finished the work they started here 10 years ago”

Resident of the Oaks estate, Stephen Howell

What’s more, Taylor Wimpey is now building more houses just across the road from the Oaks, on the new Albion Gate development behind Morrisons.

“It seems ridiculous that we’re 10 years down the line and this hasn’t been sorted yet,” Stephen, who lives in Heyes Hunt Avenue, said.

“There’s street lighting and road surfacing which needs sorting out, and it might affect us further down the line if we end up with a pothole – who’s going to fix it?

“I don’t understand why they are starting work across the road when they haven’t even finished the work they started here 10 years ago.

“I’m just really surprised by the whole thing.

“They need to get it sorted out among themselves – and do it now.”

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said it hopes the work can be finished within the next six months.

“We anticipate all works to be complete by the end of 2015,” they said.

“United Utilities has recently finalised the necessary sewer remedial works and we’re now liaising with its legal department in order to complete the process.

“In the coming weeks we’ll be working closely with Lancashire County Council on progressing with the minor road works needed, all of which should be complete in the next three to six months.”