Residents welcome moves to reduce mud on Plumb Park access road

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 February 2018

The Avenues Residents Association (TARA) chairman Deirdre Jennings says developer Taylor Wimpey has listened to the concerns of those on Buckingham Close, in Exmouth.

The Avenues Residents Association (TARA) chairman Deirdre Jennings says developer Taylor Wimpey has listened to the concerns of those on Buckingham Close, in Exmouth.

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An Exmouth residents association says recently-laid road surfacing provides evidence that builders of a controversial development are listening to concerns of those living nearby.

Deirdre Jennings, chairman of The Avenues Residents Association (TARA).Deirdre Jennings, chairman of The Avenues Residents Association (TARA).

In January, the Journal reported how individuals living in Buckingham Close were upset over disruption caused by Plumb Park, a development of 264 new homes.

But now, the Avenues Residents Association (TARA) says a recent improvement by Taylor Wimpey to reduce mess demonstrates they are listening to these concerns.

TARA’s chairman Deirdre Jennings said: “They were washing the vehicles but they were coming through a muddy area. It was suggested that they tarmac the muddy bit, which they have done.”

East Devon’s environmental health officer Janet Wallace confirmed there had been ‘quite an issue’ with muddy water flowing down the close.

She said: “We contacted the contractor immediately we became aware of this and they undertook to provide a tarmacked surface right into the site.

“This action has resolved the issue of unreasonable quantities of mud on the road. We have received no further complaints over the last few weeks.”

Mrs Jennings acknowledged large-scale developments could cause disruption for those living nearby, but highlighted the need for new housing.

She said: “Our role, as TARA, is to encourage development which is sensitive to the area and in keeping with existing architecture and street scene.

“Our stance is that the planning permission has gone through and we abide by this; we accept the situation as it is.”

Mrs Jennings said it was important to ‘maintain a cooperative relationship’ with Clinton Devon Estates.

“As a major land owner, they will be key in the way that Exmouth wants the neighbourhood plan to be implemented over the next 15 years,” she said.

However, TARA will monitor the situation at Plumb Park and they hope ‘disruption will be kept to a minimum, as far as possible’.

A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said they were ‘committed to working with residents’, adding: “We are doing everything we can to limit disruption to the local community and will continue to mitigate any issues as best we can.”

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