West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has found that Lancashire County Council (LCC) and Housing Developers Taylor Wimpey and Morris Homes are at sixes and sevens over the adoption of the Heathfields estate in Burscough.
Despite both the developers having previously assured Rosie that this work was progressing smoothly, the most recent updates tell a different story. Taylor Wimpey and Morris Homes, who each are responsible for sections of the estate, have differing accounts of the other’s contributions.
When approached for clarification by Rosie, Lancashire County Council have said “they are not aware of any undertaking to adopt this development”. Morris Homes then swiftly provided email evidence to the contrary, clearly showing LCC officers engaged in discussions about the adoption.
Rosie Cooper MP commented:
“This is starting to resemble a Marx Brothers farce! A year ago, I was told adoption was six months away. Now the Housing Companies are disagreeing, and County are claiming they haven’t heard from them at all, despite evidence to the contrary!
“Adoption of the roads would mean LCC assume responsibility from the developers for the maintenance of the road surface, gullies and streetlights throughout the estate.
“Residents of the estate will be furious that this has been handled so poorly and have been rightly complaining that they pay full council tax but cannot call on the County to respond to reports of highway maintenance issues.
“On behalf of the residents, I have written to all parties to express my dissatisfaction with the ongoing confusion and delays to this adoption. This has been in discussion for years. Morris Homes, Taylor Wimpey and certainly Lancashire County Council need to vastly improve their communication to ensure that they complete this road adoption once and for all!”