Observer: Just when you think it cannot get worse, it does

Our Saturday independent columnist returns to last week’s topic of developers passing responsibility for infrastructure to residents, rather than the proper authorities.


Last week I warned of the folly of putting the maintenance of essential infrastructure in the hands of residents who buy homes on new developments.

You can imagine how my jaw dropped when I read the news of planning permission being granted for the first 250 homes at Ridgewood Farm.

The report ended with the following:

There was concern about maintenance of swales, drainage pipes, and basins designed to prevent flooding and councillors were told that a management company, funded by householders, would have responsibility for that.

It’s totally wrong to go about maintenance of vital services in this way.

All we have here is a more sophisticated system than the one used on Uckfield’s Manor Park in the 1960s which has led many footpaths to fall into disrepair.

Now we will have a management company, which residents will be expected to pay into, having the responsibility to prevent flooding.

I certainly hope the people who buy these new houses are made fully aware of their responsibilities. They will need to understand this will be an annual cost that is almost certain to rise year on year.

One dreads to think where this might end if the estate’s drainage system falls into disrepair.

More than once during discussions about the suitability of Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield residents remarked how wet some of this land could become.

Why, oh why, couldn’t Wealden District Council have rejected such a plan?

Here’s a blog if you wish to know more. It is an external link and I cannot guarantee the veracity of the information.

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