Secmaton residents angry at wasteland

By Sam Hall in Local People

RESIDENTS living on a housing development on the outskirts of Dawlish are outraged that the public areas have been left like a ‘wasteland’.

New homes are being built near Secmaton Lane by several developers but part of the scheme, operated by Cavanna Homes, is causing concern over the state of the grass and weeds.

Sean Lewis has lived in his new-build property for two years.

But he says for the last 12 months there has been no effort by Cavanna to keep it tidy.

He told the Gazette: ‘I and numerous householders have a real problem with the state of the public areas.

‘Grass is now five feet high and there are weeds coming out of the drains and the road.

‘The whole area looks like a development which is uncared for and unloved.

‘While houses were for sale, there was regular grass cutting and keeping areas tidy.

‘But now they have decided to stop cutting or looking after these areas.

‘Yet they do currently maintain the entrance and areas where there are still houses for sale.

‘It’s infuriating and the area now looks like a total embarrassment.’

Mr Lewis says he and many neighbours have complained to Cavanna and asked MP Anne Marie Morris to intervene.

Cavanna insist the work is ‘imminent’.

A spokesman for Cavanna said there had been a meeting on site with fellow developers Bovis and landscapers and that a plan was in place.

The company said: ‘It’s all in hand.

‘We are awaiting quotes before work can go ahead.’

‘We will get it sorted as soon as possible.’

They also pointed out that there had been a delay due to dealing with Teignbridge Council over choosing equipment for a children’s play area.

They apologised for the fact the work was overlooked but added that they were dealing with other developers as well as the planning authority before agreement could be reached.

This has only now been recently finalised.

Letters will be going out to residents explaining what work will be carried out.

Another resident Bob Appleby complained that after 12 months, the green areas had not been landscaped.

He said: ‘Grass areas have been left to go wild with weeds now over three foot tall and building material such as wire fences left lying around.

‘Myself and other residents have written to the builders receiving no replies to our enquiries.

‘On the rare opportunity we have had to talk to site managers all we get are empty promises that the landscaping will be done.

‘In the meantime, each day the view from my front door is getting more obscured by the ever growing weeds.’

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