East Leeds: Councillor angry over repairs

Cllr Mark Dobson ( Labour Garforth & Swillington)
Cllr Mark Dobson ( Labour Garforth & Swillington)
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A local Councillor is calling for urgent action following damage to the road and adjoining bank of trees, following a housing development in Garforth.

Coun Mark Dobson (Lab, Garforth & Swillington) is angry at how the area has been left following drainage work, despite calling for remedial action for the last two years.

The estate, Barrowby Close, required drainage work which affected the highway but, despite numerous promises, the road and banking remains without repair.

Coun Dobson said: “I opposed the planning application for these houses but was promised remedial work would be undertaken. Despite promises for two years nothing has happened. Barwick Road) is in a terrible state and the banking now has tree roots exposed. I share the frustration of residents.”

Wayne Gradwell, managing director at Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “We are aware of the concerns at our development on Barrowby Close and are currently addressing the issues.

“Following the advice of a landscaper the banks have undergone replacement planting where this was removed as a direct result of our works. The road, which was unfortunately damaged during construction, has also now been repaired.”

Coun Dobson added: “The volume house builders are looking at our communities all the time and make a whole series of promises to secure planning permissions but this is the reality of how communities are left to pick up the pieces. I call on Persimmon to make good their promises and address this immediately”.