Oldmeldrum Councillor fights on for end to development saga

The long running saga of street lights and roads maintenance in the new housing developments in Oldmeldrum took one small step closer to the end today (24th September 2013).  Councillor Paul Johnston has been pressing developers, including Wimpey, Barrett and GHA to finish the works on streetlights and roads necessary to allow Aberdeenshire Council to Adopt the roads.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine Area committee agreed today to adopt a section of footpath but officials had to concede that they still had not got developer GHA to finish of “30 minutes work” of street light repairs in Coutens Place and Greyhound Drive, so the Council can adopt.

Until the Council is handed the roads in a suitable condition, residents will have to rely on the developers to do repairs – many years after the housing was built.  This has led to some embarrassing long-term blackouts of streets and lack of street cleaning and repairs.

“The developers have to finish the development to the required standard” said Councillor Johnston.  “When they have we can then give residents the long term assurances that the Council will repair lights and mends and clean streets”

“Only in the last few months have the final adoption been possible after much pressure from Aberdeenshire Council Roads officers.  I have written direct to one managing director of a development company warning them that their housebuilding reputation was being put at risk by their failure to finish the work”

A Council official confirmed today under questioning from Councillor Johnston, that they will consider carrying out all the final work themselves and then just send the bill to developer GHA as the delay had been so long.  The Council gave assurances that a report to complete the sag would come before councillors at their next meeting in October.


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