‘We’re living in hell’ - Wymondham residents appeal to developers to stop using street to get to new development

Residents of Jeckyll Road in Wymondham are fearful that their road will be used as an access point t

Residents of Jeckyll Road in Wymondham are fearful that their road will be used as an access point to a new estate. They have raised concerns over traffic and mud issues. - Credit: Archant

Wymondham residents are pleading with developers not to use their road as an access route to a new development after claiming they are 'living in hell'.

Residents of Jeckyll Road in Wymondham are fearful that their road will be used as an access point t

Residents of Jeckyll Road in Wymondham are fearful that their road will be used as an access point to a new estate. They have raised concerns over traffic and mud issues. - Credit: Archant

People living on Jeckyll Road, on the Oaklands estate off Norwich Common, say their street is regularly used by developers to get to a potential new development on Carpenter's Farm.

They complain the vehicles are comparable to motorway traffic, with dust and dirt blighting the area.

It has become so bad that 21-year-old Charlotte Powell is forced to wear hiking boots to her car in the morning to keep her work clothes clean.

She said: 'My car is new but it looks like a construction vehicle.


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'I have to go into work and wash my shoes sometimes, it's so bad. The dust which comes in through an open window is unbelievable – in the summer we couldn't even hang our clothes out.'

Now they fear the road could be used as the main source of access to a new Persimmon Homes site, for 217 homes, for the next three years if South Norfolk Council approves plans submitted last month.

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Chris Cooper, 21, said: 'This can't go on for three years. There must be another way.

'It sounds dramatic, but we feel as though we are prisoners in our home. They speed down this road, it is dirty, dusty. It affects every single area of your life.

'No-one here has any problems with the development – we moved into one – but it's like the developers haven't thought this through at all.

'It is meant to be a family estate.'

Miss Powell added: 'We are often blocked into our drives because construction vehicles are parked up.

'I've seen them reversing without even looking.

'You put your life savings into a home, which is meant to be your dream house, and you get this.

'There isn't a day where we haven't been woken up by 7am, even on some Sundays, in the six months since we moved in.'

Mr Cooper has launched a petition to get support from the rest of the estate.

Persimmon Homes were not available for a comment when the paper went to print.

Are you experiencing disruption because of a development? Email lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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