Neighbours furious as site’s vans leave mud and grit on the roads

David Bray from Pimpernel Close in Locks Heath who is saying that mud and dirt from a nearby building site near his home has caused around �500 of damage to his car.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150236-3)
David Bray from Pimpernel Close in Locks Heath who is saying that mud and dirt from a nearby building site near his home has caused around �500 of damage to his car.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150236-3)

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PEOPLE say they are ‘furious’ after a developer’s vans left their road muddy – which has even led to a damaged windscreen.

The Strawberry Fields development in Locks Heath is in its second phase and will eventually see nearly 300 homes built on land off Peters Road.

But nearby residents say the roads have been in a particularly bad state since work began in December, with mud, grit and dirt being carried out from the site on work vehicles’ wheels – which the developer says has been cleared up.

David Bray, of Pimpernel Close, said that mud on the road led to a stone flying up and cracking his rear window causing £500 worth of damage.

He complained to the developer Taylor Wimpey and to Fareham Borough Council about the issue but has been left infuriated after Taylor Wimpey said it would not pay for the damage.

He said: ‘We had large amounts of mud and stones on the road and the road cleaning was ineffective.

‘We had car damage because of the stones that the insurance won’t cover because of the negligence of the builders.

‘It is disgusting. It is going to take a fatal crash before something is done properly.’

Locks Heath ward councillor Susan Bayford said that other residents had also complained about the state of the roads since work began. She said that following the complaints, the council had been in touch with the developer and they had cleaned up the site as it was part of the planning conditions.

Cllr Bayford said: ‘I have to admit it was pretty poor after Christmas when they got started again but the council has got them to improve and it is looking a lot better now.’

She said she would be keeping a close eye on the site to ensure the roads stay clean.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said the site was taking extra care to make sure mud was not carried from the site on to the road and each vehicle is being jet-washed before it leaves.

The spokesman said: ‘We have reminded our site team of the importance of ensuring roads are kept clean and tidy at all times and we have inspected the development to confirm that our high standards of cleanliness are being met. Mr Bray’s claim is currently being considered at a senior level.’

Work started in December on this phase to build 206 houses accessed from Lockswood Road, following on from 49 houses which have been completed off Peters Road.

Taylor Wimpey also has permission to build a further 18 houses accessed off Lockswood Road.