David Wilson Homes “hopes” to reopen a temporary path through Thorpe Road by Christmas – Quote – Unquote
December 6, 2013 by Editor
A FOOTPATH which was closed,leaving residents with a half-mile detour to reach village amenities looks set to be reopened by Christmas.
The path at the unmade end of Thorpe Road, Hockley, was shut unexpectedly in October, as part of a development for 175 homes in the village.
The closure meant residents had to walk half-a-mile along narrow pavements on Main Road or Rectory Road to reach shops, a doctor’s surgery and Greensward and Westerings schools. At the time, the move left residents angry at the lack of communication from developers David Wilson Homes, who had told residents the path wouldn’t be shut and access would be maintained at all times.
Now, after intervention from County Hall, the path looks set to reopen.
Following a meeting with developers,a spokesman for Essex County Council said: “The developer was understanding and supportive of the council’s desire to have access through Thorpe Road fully restored for pedestrians as soon as possible. “An alternative diversion within the site is being considered by the developer, which will direct pedestrians from the north of Thorpe Road, and to the east of the site to join with the southern part of Thorpe Road.”
“A spokeswoman for David Wilson Homes confirmed that it hoped to reopen a temporary path by Christmas.”
Comment from District Councillors John and Christine Mason
“Let us hope that the promise made by Barratts is fulfilled because this has caused problems for residents for over a month now and by Christmas is another month”
“Whilst welcoming the position negotiated by Essex County Council Officers this has only been achieved after protest by Councillors and Residents.”
“Essex County Council should never have allowed the agreement that it would not be closed to pedestrians, agreed with District Councillors by ECC and Barratts, to be reneged upon in the first place.”