Corner still looks like a bomb site

Thank you for your article re-dangers to the pedestrians and road users on The Kylins.

I am delighted to say that this morning two workmen arrived and painted in the road positions for traffic entering and leaving The Kylins.

Wonders never cease was the general comment between my neighbours and myself.

Now we the residents on the front road are awaiting patiently for the badly-broken paving slabs to be replaced.

I have lost count of the people who have hurt themselves near my gate. The worst incident was answering my door to the postman and finding blood dripping onto the parcel that he gave me.

I asked him in and bathed his face and gave him a dressing to put over the wound. I rang Coun Tebbutt to tell him of what was happening and he said ring for an ambulance but the postman said no, he had a van of parcels to deliver, he could not leave them, and making sure he had recovered enough, he eventually went on his way.

I was promised bollards to stop the heavy vehicles damaging the pavement, but three years later nothing has been done about it. There is only further damage and disruption on my corner.

Someone else is going to be injured, I hope it’s not me.

Still a month after reporting the latest broken slab, the danger still exists.

However, may I also add that although Mr Chris Curry, the construction director for Persimmon Homes North East, stated in last week’s article the road was in a badly cracked and damaged state when they began building on the site, he is sadly mistaken, and he is obviously not aware of the facts regarding the state of the roads when the first developer took over.

The Kylins roads had by then been brought up to the requirements and standards needed before any road is officially adopted. The cost was met by a selection of Kylins residents who lived in 37 of the 39 original police houses.

Before the now defunct Morpeth Borough Council could sell off the site to any developer, the roads had to be adopted and brought up to standard.

The residents on this estate using the roads consisted of the Borough Council officers and staff, the residents of the 39 original police houses, Sweethope Dene and Southfields.

However, for some reason the cost of adopting the lighting, sewers and the roads was we were informed to be met by only 37 households living in the 39 original police houses.

To try and make our voices heard we, the residents of all the houses on The Kylins, had banded together to form The Kylins Residents Association which was the beginning of a long drawn-out consultation period and four of the Residents Association members since then have become well-known active local politicians.

Sadly on the evening of March 3, 2008, Terry, my terminally-ill husband, passed away. The next morning, awakening to the realities of becoming a widow was sharply brought home to me when I found a letter from the Borough Council in the morning’s post relating to adoption and bringing up to standard The Kylins roads, giving me the householder of number one 30 days to pay £900 towards the cost of bringing the roads up to standard.

I had to ask for an extension of the period because my husband’s estate had to be attended to.

Now every day on leaving my home I am sadly reminded of how the corner where I live has become akin to a bomb site and reflect how things used to be when Terry was alive and before the developers arrived.

No Mr Curry, I can firmly state that it is not the residents who were made to pay for the adoption of our roads who have reduced the pavements and roads to a state of deliberate neglect.

That honour can be laid at various developers’ feet with their uncaring attitude of the residents’ plight and developers past and present have had no regard whatsoever for our safety and our needs.


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