Brockhill adoption fails to impress

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 09 November 2012 Updated: 09/11 09:37

THE ANNOUNCEMENT part of Brockhill will be adopted after more than decade has failed to impress angry campaigners.

Residents fighting for the completion of the adoption process - which will enable authorities to take over the maintenance of the roads, drains and open spaces - say only having a portion of one area completed after such a long time is not good enough.

Open space within 'Area 1', which lies in the centre of the development stretching from Salters Lane up to Brockhill Drive, has now been signed over from developers Persimmon which allows Redditch Borough Council, Worcestershire County Council and Severn Trent Water to liaise to get the associated roads and sewers adopted.

But Dr Peter Merricks, part of the recently-formed Brockhill Residents' Association, said it was simply the first phase in a long process and he has recently contacted ward councillor Luke Stephens to push for more urgency on the issue.

"Although the open space has been adopted, the foul sewers need to be adopted by Severn Trent and then county council to adopt after that. We still do not have a timeline for the completion of Area 1 and it is still unknown as to which roads will be affected by the adoption of the Area 1 public open space."

Residents have also hit out at the borough council for failing to provide answers to their questions over the adoption, with some allegedly remaining unanswered since as far back as August.

John Staniland, executive director for planning and regeneration at Redditch Borough Council, said areas of open space only became adoptable at the end of a development if it had been laid out to a suitable standard, which had not happened at Brockhill. Taking ten years to build rather than the estimated five or six years had also delayed the process.

"The next steps will be to tackle the remaining areas of open space on the development to resolve outstanding issues, such as drainage and encroachment, and get those areas adopted. Some roads and sewers will remain unadopted until this is achieved.

"We understand the frustration of affected residents and that it may appear that progress is slow."

He added he had met with Coun Stephens to discuss queries raised by Dr Merricks' on behalf of the association and would be responding to the questions within the next seven days.

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