Queen’s Hills residents unite to improve estate

They have faced delays and development woes, but people living on a Costessey housing development are looking to join together to speak with one voice.

Since work started on the the Queen's Hills estate it has been hit by a series of problems, the biggest of which was when the developers, Cofton, were taken over by administrators Deloitte in 2008.

The situation has left many deeply dissatisfied and finance previously promised will come through to help infrastructure projects.

But now there are efforts to move things forward on the estate, set eventually to have more than 1,700 homes.

Musician Graham McGrotty, 38, explained work is under way to set up a new residents' group for the area.

Mr McGrotty, of Rose Avenue, said: 'When I first moved here it was a building site, but I saw a lot of potential for growth and development. But there's still so much unfinished.

'We're in a nice place near the city, but two years down the line we've got no infrastructure and a lot of issues with land ownership, so we've been looking at trying to set up a residents' association and speak with one voice. I can speak on behalf of a lot the people in the area when I say I am unhappy with the situation.'

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Joining him is civil servant Blair Campbell. He was prompted to do something when he tried to contact the Queen's Hills Community Group but was told it no longer existed after criticism from the authorities.

Mr Campbell, of Cheena Court, said he wanted to formalise the group, with a chairman and regular meetings with developers and South Norfolk Council.

'There are a lot of people who want to do things in the area and see improvements,' he said, 'so we thought this could push things along.'

Interested in joining? Email QHresidents@gmail.com

Are you doing something to improve your neighbourhood? Contact reporter John Owens on 01603 772439 or email john.owens@archant.co.uk.