Amanda Tolhurst, pictured in her garden in February, with the cypress tree she is concerned about behind her and Taylor Wimpey show homes behind that.

Nightmare continues for neighbours of Ridgewood building site

Neighbours continue to be unhappy with the way they are being treated by developers as new homes are built on Ridgewood Farm.

Amanda Tolhurst who spoke out earlier this year about the nightmare of living next to the building site says nothing has been resolved.

She claims Taylor Wimpey cannot let people into their show house gardens because of dangers posed by a Cyprus tree in her garden which had its roots cut – Taylor Wimpey denies this and comments on other claims below.


Amanda told Uckfield News: “The tree is now very dangerous. They cut the tree roots twice deeply under the canopy with a digger and then concreted the base. The tree is now dying. It is covered in brown foliage, and stands directly over the two show homes.”

Amanda says there is also a boundary dispute. She has put dispute banners on fencing because Taylor Wimpey are reserving houses around the boundary and she claims some of the land reserved is hers.

She adds that her garden now has craters everywhere, a trench is filled with stinking water, and a new fence put up in October is falling down and a danger to adjoining houses.

Grand opening

Amanda said: “Taylor Wimpey are having a grand opening day this weekend to try and sell their expensive properties, ignoring the plight of the little people.”

A Taylor Wimpey spokesperson said: “We are aware of the concerns raised by neighbours to our Ridgewood Place development and we are in regular contact with them to resolve these.

“We apologise for any inconvenience our works have caused and will remain in close contact with our neighbours as they continue.”


The spokesperson adds:

  • Taylor Wimpey has agreed to remove the Cypress tree located in the neighbouring garden although a survey carried out by an independent arboriculturalist confirmed that there is no lasting damage and that it does not need replacing. Taylor Wimpey will plant replacement trees for the neighbour.
  • Visitors to the show homes at Ridgewood Place are able to access the show home gardens.
  • A report from an independent expert advises that the craters in the neighbouring garden are not the result of any works carried out by Taylor Wimpey.
  • Taylor Wimpey is acting in accordance with a deed entered into with the neighbour in respect of the boundaries of the homes at Ridgewood Place.
  • Minor defects to the fence have been identified and Taylor Wimpey will work to rectify these as soon as possible after they are granted access to do this by the neighbour. The fence does not pose a risk to any adjoining homes.

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