King’s Lynn estate gets roads, lights and pavements at last

Henry Bellingham MP. Picture: Ian Burt Henry Bellingham MP. Picture: Ian Burt

David Bale david.bale2@archant.co.uk
Saturday, March 15, 2014
8:51 AM

Residents on a housing estate in Gaywood were forced to join forces to help pay for roads, pavements and street lights, after the builders went bust.

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Houses and flats were built on the Millfields estate in 2006, but when Fern Developments were made bankrupt, the liquidators took over the site which was left in its unfinished state.

About 15 months ago, Ron Mortimer, the chairman of the residents’ association, was asked by North-West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham to try and help the residents on the estate.

He formed a committee and managed to help them raise, with money taken from retention funds and other sources, more than £121,000 to pay for the work to be done. Each of the 77 residents on the estate was asked to contribute about £1500, but some were only able to pay about £300, he said. Work on the site is now under way and the roads will be adopted by Norfolk County Council later in the year, when the work has been completed.

Mr Mortimer said:. “The kerbs are being done now then all the footpaths will be done, before work starts on the roads. Work should be complete in another two to three months.

“The street lights are now working for the first time in nearly 10 years. I am absolutely indebted to my committee and other residents who have helped us fight what was a very difficult and challenging campaign.”

Mr Bellingham said: “It has been a truly remarkable effort by a dedicated group of residents who have worked tirelessly.

“Although the houses on the estate are well-built the builder went into liquidation before the roads, pavements, fences etc. could be completed prior to adoption by the county council. Equally unfortunate was the fact that there was a significant funding gap between the bond money paid over by some residents and the cost of completing the work.

“It was a classic chicken and egg situation whereby the county council could not adopt the road until the work had been completed, and obviously were not in a position to finance the project.”

Have residents where you live in West Norfolk joined forces to tackle a challenging task? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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