Fury over estate left ‘unfinished’

Sinn Fein Councillor, Christopher Jackson, (far left) pictured with some Woodland Mews residents standing on part of the road that has yet to be surfaced by developer Kevin Watson Group.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Christopher Jackson, (far left) pictured with some Woodland Mews residents standing on part of the road that has yet to be surfaced by developer Kevin Watson Group.

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People living in Woodland Mews, Waterside claim they are “at their wits’ ends” with unfinished roads and problems with sewers in the area.

The ‘Journal’ spoke to some residents who moved into Woodland Mews five years ago.

Some of the residents claim they have tried to contact the developer to ask when the roads and other works will be completed.

“I know that there was a recession but I think waiting five years is far too long,” said concerned resident, Phyllis Donaghey.

Waterside Sinn Fein councillor, Christopher Jackson, has taken on the issue on behalf of the residents and said the smell of raw sewage can be “overpowering” at times as sewers become blocked.

“The residents living in Woodland Mews I have spoken with are becoming increasingly frustrated at what they believe is the lack of action by the developer to bring the estate up to standard for adoption,” said Colr. Jackson.

“When buying their homes residents believed they were buying into a family friendly estate. Five years on with all the properties sold the site isn’t finished.”

Colr. Jackson added: “Worryingly there is also a major concern with the sewage network, it blocks up on a regular basis requiring residents to physically clear any blockage themselves.

“The smell coming from the blocked sewers can be overpowering, even inside the homes.

“I would call on the developer to work with NI Water and Transport NI to find a resolution to these issues as a matter of urgency.”

The ‘Journal’ contacted the developer responsible, the Kevin Watson Group, and a spokesperson said they empathised with the residents and explained that they were working closely with NI Water and Transport NI to have the roads adopted by the statutory agencies as soon as possible.

“Our work with NI Water and Transport NI is ongoing,” said the spokesperson.

“We completely understand where the residents are coming from and we are doing everything we can to make sure we get the roads etc adopted as quickly and as safely as possible.”