Gadbury Fold residents still waiting for finished roads
10:30am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in NW
A FAMILY claim they are unable to sell their house because the road outside remains unfinished - seven years after they moved in.
Paul and Michelle Nuttall were promised three-and-a-half years ago that the road outside their Gadbury Fold home in Atherton would be surfaced, but they are still waiting.
Despite plenty of interest they are yet to receive an acceptable offer for the house.
Michelle said: “We are still in the position where we effectively live on a building site and the fact that we have lived like this for more than seven years not only makes us want to move but also puts off potential buyers. This is now a ridiculous and totally unacceptable situation.”
The residents of the estate were promised 12 months ago that the road would be surfaced and - although some of the roads have been - many still remain unfinished.
A spokesman for developers Taylor Wimpey said: “We are resolving some outstanding health and safety requirements and this has caused some delay to the work.
“This information has been passed on to Wigan Council and we expect the works will commence in the next few weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.”
Wigan Council said it cannot take responsibility for surfacing the road until the developers enter into a voluntary agreement.
A council spokesman said: “The works were due to start in late July, early August, however due to issues with the contractors health and safety plan this has now been put back to early October.
“The developers need to secure Section 38 agreements for the site before any adoption can take place but the council have no powers to make a developer enter into one. The council is working in the best interests of the residents.”
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