'˜Nightmare' of Leeds residents besieged by homes work

Elderly and disabled residents in Leeds say they feel 'trapped and abandoned' as work continues on a housing development that has left their homes encircled by a large-scale construction site.

Monday, 23rd July 2018, 8:29 am
Updated Monday, 23rd July 2018, 1:42 pm
Markus Hesse.

The row of seven accessible bungalows on South Parkway in Seacroft was until recently sitting pretty in an area of fields and other green space.

But that space is now being used for the construction of nearly 180 new homes and as a result the bungalows are hemmed in on all four sides by building work.

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CHANGED OUTLOOK: The bungalows at South Parkway in Seacroft before....

Residents face difficulty getting to the local shops due to the closure of a footpath and are also having to put up with noise and dust problems. The housing scheme, which is being carried out by private developer Keepmoat Homes, is scheduled to take another four years to complete.

One of the affected residents, 54-year-old wheelchair user Markus Hesse, today told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We feel trapped and abandoned.”

Mr Hesse, who rents his home of 12 years from Leeds City Council, added: “It’s a nightmare, I can only describe it as a nightmare. I am speaking out now on behalf of the other residents because we have reached the end of our tether.”

...and after the start of work on the housing development.