The Chief Executive of Persimmon Homes has vowed to personally investigate ongoing issues on its developments in Batchley & Brockhill following action taken by Rachel and local councillors.
Councillors Brandon Clayton and Gemma Monaco, as well as the Conservative Candidate for Batchley & Brockhill, Nyear Nazir, have been speaking to residents about their concerns regarding uncut grass and the maintenance of open spaces on Persimmon Homes’ developments.
After numerous meetings with Persimmon Homes and the local council, it was discovered not all the assets, including open spaces, street lights and land, have been handed over to the local council by the developer. This is despite these developments being completed some 10 to 20 years ago.
As a result of Persimmon Homes retaining these assets, it means the local council is unable to maintain the land and the open spaces which is leading to frustration among residents, as well as their local councillors.
The situation is doubly frustrating for the local council as it is waiting for the release of £521,000 in Section 106 money which is cash payed by a developer to mitigate the impact of new homes on the local community. The Section 106 money cannot be payed until all assets are handed over to the local council.
To ensure something is done about this situation, Councillors Clayton and Monaco, and Nyear Nazir, got Rachel involved to see what could be done.
Rachel has since written to the Interim Chief Executive of Persimmon Homes, David Jenkinson, who has vowed to personally investigate the issues in Batchley & Brockhill.
Rachel said: “I want to commend Brandon, Gemma and Nyear on their initiative to get something done about the ongoing issues in Batchley & Brockhill. From my conversations on the doorstop, I know this is something residents are concerned and frustrated about.
“This is what can be done when Conservative councillors and a Conservative MP successfully work together to help local residents.”
Councillor Monaco said: “I have been very frustrated by Persimmons’ long-term delays with the release of the Section 106 monies – money that could have been put to much better use for our local area.
“With this assurance from the Interim Chief Executive of Persimmon Homes, I am hopeful that we can finally get this issue resolved.
“Hearing the frustrations of many local residents has been difficult to hear when the whole situation could have been avoided had Persimmon carried out what they should have done many years ago. I would also like to thank Brockhill Residents Association for their continued input to our area and patience over this matter.”
Nyear Nazir added: “This has been a long and frustrating process, but we have finally been able to put across concerns raised by our local community in Batchley & Brockhill via our MP Rachel Maclean who has been very supportive and has been involved in extensive conversations with Persimmon Homes’ CEO. I look forward to a positive outcome for our residents.”