Plaid Cymru Councillors for Wrexham have demanded that developers complete infrastructure works on unfinished housing developments across the county borough, after a list was revealed detailing 37 unadopted housing developments in Wrexham.
Wrexham Council has refused to adopt the developments as they claim developers have not completed the infrastructure i.e. roads, pavements and drains, with some of the outstanding works going back as far 12 years ago.
Residents in Chestnut Court, Summerhill, have been fighting since 2001 to get Castlemead Homes Ltd to bring the drains on the estate up to a level acceptable to the Environment Agency who would then sign the work off for the Council to adopt the road.
Some of the outstanding works on the list, which Wrexham.com has seen, are relatively recent, however outstanding works by the Clwyd Alyn Housing Association on Railway Road, Brymbo date as far back as June 23rd, 1999.
Also there are several works outstanding since the early 2000s in the Wrexham area, including Summerhill and Marchwiel. In Brymbo alone there are currently six outstanding developments.
Now Plaid’s Gwersyllt West Councillor Arfon Jones who has been helping the residents of Chestnut Court has called for the council to bring enforcement action against the development companies responsible, he said: “These houses were built about 15 years ago and it is outrageous that Castlemead have not completed the work to a sufficient standard for the council to adopt the road. The company should have paid in a bond which would have been forfeited if they didn’t finish the work, but it doesn’t seem there was a bond in place so the council are struggling to enforce any liability.”
He added: “Thirty seven uncompleted developments is a lot and I would like to see the council bring enforcement action against those developers who fail to comply with the law. It isn’t fair to expect the taxpayer to foot the bill whilst these companies walk away with big profits – they should be made to pay.”
Plaid Cymru councillor Marc Jones (Whitegate) said: “Four of the developments that are still unadopted are in the Whitegate ward and residents in the past have had difficulty in getting street lights fixed on some parts of the Abenbury Park estate. I would urge the developers involved, who are all large housing firms, to pull their fingers out and finish off work on the estates to the agreed standard.”