Safety issues raised

The entrance to the Kylins estate in Morpeth.
The entrance to the Kylins estate in Morpeth.

PEOPLE living in a Morpeth estate have called for action over two areas of concern.

The state of some of the pavements is worrying residents of The Kylins. They say the damage has been caused by heavy lorries from Persimmon Homes North East that come and go as works continue on the nearby Castle Court development.

They are also asking Northumberland County Council to paint new road markings at the entrance. One of the residents, Maureen Howes, is worried that there will be an accident if nothing is done.

She said: “The estate should have been given new road markings when the junction was widened and the bus stop pull-in was removed.

“The Kylins and Sweethope Dene residents, along with the new families on the development opposite, are left with no alternative other than to place themselves partly in the path of cars driving south from Morpeth.

“We have raised this issue time and again, but despite being in a very vulnerable position each time use we junction, nothing has been done to address the situation.

“And now we’re having to deal with an increase in exceedingly heavy lorries parking on the pavements at the entrance to The Kylins.

“The paving slabs near my gate are broken and there is a ‘Y’ shaped crack in one of them that tips up and moves when anyone steps on it, raising up a pointed jagged edge that is very dangerous.”

Residents were angry in 2011 when a planning inspector approved the company’s alterations to some of its plans as they said the changes went against the development brief that was negotiated between the council, the previous developer and the residents.

Chris Curry, construction director for Persimmon Homes North East, said: “The highway in general outside the Castle Court development was already in a poor state of repair and riddled with cracks.

“On Tuesday, we carried out a substantial amount of tarmacing work to tidy up the road and replace drainage as a gesture of goodwill. However, we are aware that construction traffic may have caused damage to the pavement and we are due to carry out an inspection with the county council’s highways department later this week to look into the problems.

“Obviously, if our vehicles have damaged the pavement, we will endeavour to put it right and we will work closely with the council to remedy the situation and, together with the works we have already carried out, improve the area for existing and new residents.”

A county council spokeswoman said: “We are aware of residents’ concerns about the condition of the roads at the development and this week the developer sent in a surfacing contractor to plane off and carry out temporary resurfacing of the road.

“Further works on the road and footpaths will be carried out upon completion of the phases of housing development. We will also be looking at the road markings at the entrance to see if they can be clarified.”