Residents’ fury with homes development

John Dewhurst and Phil Smith survey the damage to the fences
John Dewhurst and Phil Smith survey the damage to the fences

A leading housing developer has been told to stop excavation work in a row with neighbours at its latest development.

Bellway Homes has angered residents in the Mayfield Avenue area of Adlington, where it is building new homes.

The developer is accused of damaging fences of nearby properties through digging and excavation work.

Adlington councillor Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said officers had been to the site following complaints of land collapse.

He said: “Bellway’s actions are totally unacceptable.

“They should stop the work immediately until the issues involving the land have been sorted out. They should be speaking with residents and looking to resolve the matters in a mature way.

“We have written to Bellway to ask on that basis and that they behave properly.

“Secondly we have had officers to down to immediately stop work next to the fencing and Mayfield Avenue that caused the collapse and council offices have taken up issues on ownership of the land and we are keen to get that matter resolved.

“There appears to have been no respect or regard for neighbours who back on to the building site.

“If they want to continue develop in this area, they need to show they can act in a more responsible fashion.”

No-one from the company was available to comment despite numerous attempts by the Guardian.

Many of the residents have been there for decades. Some elderly ones have temporarily moved out due to the

disruption.

Christine Clewlow lives with her partner Phil Smith at 20 Mayfield Avenue.

They were shocked to discover the foot of their garden – which had never had a fence and backed on to a farm – had been dug up, along with some of her family’s ashes and the remains of family pets.

Christine’s son Stuart Clewlow said: “One day and without warning, Bellway dug all this away and along with it, the scattered ashes of Mr and Mrs Arthur Harper who were the first of the four generations to live in number 20.

“They were my great grandparents and Arthur was a former Mayor of Adlington. How can my family be compensated for Bellway doing that?

“In addition, that area of the garden was used to bury family pets over the last 70 or so years. All that area, our land for so long, has now gone.”

The Guardian made repeated attempts to contact Bellway, but no comment was given at the time of going to press.